Ibsen, Henrik Subplots

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In this very popular drama from the playwright Henrik Ibsen, Mrs. Linde and Krogstad make an important contribution to the drama as the subplot of the play “ A doll’s house “. The playwright’s intent of this play was to dramatize Victorian society and it is clear that without these characters help, the main characters would have probably remained stagnant. Nora would have most likely, never would have come to a self-realization of her own lost identity without these subplot characters. Krogstad and Mrs.L. clearly help the main characters in their evolution throughout the drama with the benefit of their own past experiences being similar to Nora’s. Making mistakes is all a part of life, but the most important thing to do is to learn from those mistakes and to not repeat them. Mrs.Linde and Nora were friends that had lost contact for several years. During those years Mrs.L had denied her rights to fall in love with Krogstad by marrying someone else for financial security and not for love. The relationship she had was based on a lie and a sense of greed and in the end she was left with nothing. No children or Husband to care for and love, the death of her husband was a rude awakening for her. When she finds Nora and hears about how she is living a lie like she did, she wants to set things right before it’s too late. Through her own sufferings, Mrs.L now knows that the only way of life which can survive crises is one based on truthful relationships. This characterizes her as an honest and evolving person. “Mrs.L. No Nils, you must not recall your letter… In my first moment of fright it was. But twenty for hours have elapsed… This unhappy secret must be disclosed; they must have a complete understanding between them, which is impossible with all this concealment and falsehood going on” (Ibsen, p.54) Krogstag reveals himself as a cold heartless person during a part of the play. He keeps the secret from Helmer as of Nora owing him a great deal of money, this subplot...
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