October 20, 2009
A Doll’s House Journal
From what I understand from this play, that Nora is the center focus, and that her husband Torvald Helmer and MRS. Linda, play a very important part in a decision that will change her life as a women and as a person.
Nora is treated as a silly, childish woman by her husband, Torvald. Her friend Mrs. Linda, recently widowed and short on money, has heard about Torvald recent promotion to head the bank and comes to ask Nora for help in asking Torvald to give her a job. Nora promises to ask Torvald to give Kristine a job. Nora confides to Kristina that she once secretly borrowed money from a disgraced lawyer, Nils Krogstad, to save Torvald life when he was very sick, but she has not told him in order to protect his pride.
Torvald promotion promises to finally liberate her from having to scrimp and save in order to be able to pay off her debt. Meanwhile, Dr, Rank, a family friend , flirts with Nora before revealing that he is terminally ill with Tuberculosis of the spine and with only a month to live, and that he has been secretly in love with her.
Frightened after being fired by Torvald from his job at the bank, Krogstad approaches Nora, declaring he no longer cares about the remaining balance of her loan but will preserve the associated bond in order to blackmail Torvald into not only keeping him employed, but giving him a promotion. Krogstad informs Nora that he has a written latter detailing her crime (forging her father signature on the bond) and puts it in Torvalld’s mailbox, which is locked.
Kristina tells Nora that she and Krogstad were in love before she was married, and promises she will convince Krogstad to relent. Kristine tells Krogstad that she only married her husband because she had no other means to support her sick mother and siblings, and that she has returned to offer him her love again. Krogstad is moved and offers to take back his letter to...