Importance of Female Companions in The Awakening and A Doll’s House
Female companions are very important to the development of the main characters in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House. Mademoiselle Reisz and Madame Ratignolle, in The Awakening, and Kristine Linde, in A Doll House, help Edna Pontellier and Nora Helmer discover their inner selves.
Mademoiselle Reisz, Madame Ratignolle, and Kristine Linde all act as role models for the protagonists. Edna deeply admires Mademoiselle Reisz’s piano playing. When Edna hears Mademoiselle Reisz’s playing, “the very passions themselves were aroused within her soul, swaying it, lashing it, as the waves daily beat upon her splendid body” (Chopin 35). Mademoiselle Reisz makes Edna see the strong emotions inside herself. Edna admires Madame Ratignolle’s “comforting and outgoing nature” (Solomon 118). At the beginning of the novel, Edna wishes she could have Madame Ratignolle’s easygoing nature.
Kristine Linde is a role model for Nora because of her independence. Kristine Linde has suppo…