Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

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Henrick Ibsen 's A Doll House chronicles the difficulties of Nora Helmer, a housewife who is hiding a secret from her overbearing husband. In an effort to save her ailing husband 's life, Nora illegally took out a loan by forging her father 's signature on a contract. Nora kept this secret to herself for years and the only other person who knew of the scheme was the man who helped Nora obtain the loan: Nils Krogstad. The trouble for Nora began when Krogstad blackmailed her with this information in the hope of preventing Nora 's husband, who is also Krogstad 's boss, from firing him. Isn 't a man who would instill this type of burden on another person 's life a morally reprehensible human being? In reality, things are not as clear cut,…show more content…
Krogstad credited this event as the turning point in his life and values: "When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground dissolved from under my feet. Look at me; I 'm a half-drowned man now, hanging onto a wreck." (Ibsen, 1140) After losing the thing that grounded him, Kristine 's love, Krogstad found himself on a turbulent road that would negatively affect his life for years to come. He became involved in shady dealings and was caught for forgery but not prosecuted for the crime. Despite not being charged, Krogstad faced just as much, if not more, backlash from society since the charge tainted his reputation indefinitely: "The case never got into court; but all the same, every door was closed in my face from then on." (Ibsen, 1119) Afterwards, he was unable to progress beyond the low denominator that others had set for him which resulted in him becoming a loan shark to make ends meet. The treatment that Krogstad received from others after the forgery accusation would be a source of great frustration for him throughout his life. Since he could not find success elsewhere due to the damage to his reputation, his involvement in unsavory business dealings continued. Even though he desired success, he put stock in what others thought of him and believed that there was no other path available. Eventually, he was able to push beyond what society deemed fit for him and realized that he had just as much potential as anyone else despite his
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