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A Dolls House2

In the play A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen there are three minor characters that have a significant impact on Noras 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 Noras 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 experiences 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 Krogstads 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 Im 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 Helmers and makes frequent visits to their household. Nora enjoys secretly flirting with him until h...

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