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Willy and Nora

Henrik Ibsens, A Doll House, is about how a family, particularly Nora Helmer, deals with an old secret that is about to become known to her husband Torvald Helmer. At the start of the play Nora is talking with Torvald. Nora begins to acting like Torvald’s “little squirrel” in attempt to get money from him. At that time it is not known what she wants the money for, but Nora says it was for Christmas presents. The actual reason for the money is so she can pay on her little secret. Nora’s little secret is monetary loan from Nils Krogstad, a clerk at Torvald’s bank. What makes the loan so terrible is the fact that she forged her father’s signature on the promissory note. In that time period, that was a horrible crime. Many people had their lives ruined because of a forgery accusation and Krogstad was one of those people. Nora deals with the situation by constantly deceiving Torvald into giving her more money. This works great for a while, but one day Torvald decides to fire Krogstad from his job. Krogstad decided to use his knowledge of the secret forgery to have Nora persuade Torvald to let him stay with the bank. After a futile attempt from Nora to convince Torvald to not fire Krogstad the situation begins to heat up. Krogstad threatens to expose Nora’s secret and ruin her and Torvald. Nora begins to panic. She tries everything she can to stop Krogstad. She even tries unsuccessfully to get Krogstad’s letter out of the mailbox so that Torvald does not get it. It is at that time Nora contemplates suicide. She figures that by committing suicide she can keep from disgracing Torvald. Later that evening as she is preparing to leave the house, Torvald gets the letter from Krogstad and becomes infuriated. Torvald begins yelling at Nora like a mad man and even strikes her. After a few minutes a letter is brought to Torvald from Krogstad. In the letter Krogstad apologizes for his...

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