Essay on A Dolls House2

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A Dolls House2




In the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen there are three minor characters that have a
significant impact on Nora’s personality. Krogstad, Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde have all had
a long-standing relationship with the Helmer family, and each one of them plays a role in
the development of Nora’s character. These are minor characters in the play, but they
play a major role in the play.

Krogstad is in fear of losing his job at the bank. He will stop at nothing in order to
retain his position, as he has struggled relentlessly to get to where he is now. Krogstad
was guilty of committing the same crime as that of Nora and although their motives were
different, the law still regards their actions as fraudulent. In all of his ruthlessness
and selfishness, Krogstad represents the desperation that Nora experience’s throughout the
play as she tries to figure a way out of her desperate situation. She had gone to him in
her time of need and then he approached her in his time of despair. An example of
Krogstad’s desperation he ask Nora “Mrs. Helmer, will you have the goodness to use you
influence on my behalf”(945). However, she is unable to assist him because it would mean
that she would have to involve Torvald and that is the last thing she wants to happen.
Thus, Krogstad retaliates by explaining to her that if he goes down, she will go with him.
“But I tell you this: if I’m pitched out a second time, you are going to keep me
company”(948). He shows no sympathy, as he does not hesitate to destroy the reputations
of both Nora and Torvald for his own benefit and to further his own standing in society.
The character of Krogstad demonstrates that although one can overcome their

fault and eventually move on with life, that person will ultimately revert to other
similar acts of ruthlessness later in life.

Dr. Rank is also a long-time acquaintance of the Helmer’s and makes frequent visits to
their household. Nora enjoys secretly flirting with him until he admits that he has had a
profound affection towards her for quite some time. This causes her to become upset
towards Dr. Rank because his confession means that they can no longer continue their
secretive game together. The connotation of the name ‘Rank’ has a symbolic meaning in
Ibsen’s play. The word rank denotes a “stink or rot”, and may very well represent the
depression experienced in Nora’s life. The significance of his life helps to exemplify
the loneliness and misery experienced by someone living in solitude. Evidence of his
desolation occurs when he says, “I’m slowly sinking. There’s nothing to be done about it”
(956), and furthermore when he explains how he does not wish to see Torvald once the dying
process begins. “On no account must he. I won’t have it. I’ll lock the door on him. –As
soon as I’m absolutely certain of the worst, I’ll send you my visiting card with a black
cross on it. You’ll know when the final horrible disintegration has begun” (957). The
very existence and fate of Dr. Rank manifests a sense of sorrow and despair and this
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