Nora of A Doll's House has often been painted as one of modern drama's first feminist heroines. Over the course of the play, she breaks away from the domination of her overbearing husband, Torvald. The playwright, Henrik Ibsen, denied that he had intentionally written a feminist play, preferring to think of it as humanist. Still, though, throughout this drama there is constant talk of women, their traditional roles, and price for them of breaking with tradition.
Mrs. Linde craves the role of mother and seems to draw strength and purpose from it.
Though Nora is certainly submissive to Torvald, she is often able to manipulate him into getting what she wants.