A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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Krogstad is one of the most complex characters from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Initially, Krogstad appears to be the villain of the play. Nora owes Krogstad a great deal of money. Krogstad uses the existence of her debt to blackmail Nora, threatening to inform her husband of her debt and her forgery if she does not use her influence to secure his position at the bank. Krogstad serves at a catalyst which brings about the central conflict of the play. However, Krogstad has other roles as well. Krogstad is a foil to Nora. He had been the exact same situation that Nora is in now. He had forged a signature to save the life of someone dear to him. Krogstad is also a foil to Torvald. Whereas Torvald continues to advance in society, Krogstad is at…show more content…
Krogstad has been condemned to a life of shame and ignominy. Krogstad had considered committing suicide, but he “hadn't the courage” (Ibsen). Krogstad decides to persist in life and to prove to the world that he is a changed man. He must fight hard to regain the reputation he has lost. Krogstad has been living a decent life for the past year and a half. However, if Torvald dismisses him, Krogstad may never have another chance to regain his foothold in society. Krogstad’s misfortunes began with his unhappy love affair with Christine. The two had been lovers, but Christine had jilted him. Christine loved him deeply, but she married a richer man because she need to support her sick mother. When Christine left Torvald, “solid ground went from under [his] feet”; he is now “shipwrecked” (Ibsen). He lost all his love and support in the world. He is now a single father, struggling to support his children. Krogstad’s wrongdoings did not stem from an evil heart, but rather from a desperate, broken heart. While Krogstad is the antagonist of the story, he is not a ruthless villain. He arouses pity and sympathy from the audience. He had tried to do right, but circumstances are against him. Nora’s development and maturation occur because of Krogstad. Nora borrows money from Krogstad. In order to pay it back, she begins to do copy work in secret. This is Nora’s first

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