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Complex Relationships Between Characters in A Dolls House


A Doll House is a play that depicted the drama and conflict surrounding Norah and her husband Torvald. Torvald’s best friend, named Dr. Rank is a frequent visitor to the house. The play is named Doll House” because Torvald regards Norah as an individual incapable of making her own decisions. Just like her father, he prefers to treat her like a “doll.” Dr. Rank is depicted as suffering from a terminal illness inherited from his father. The plot of the story surrounds the three characters as well as a nanny called Mrs. Linde and other employers in Torvald’s Company. Norah is depicted as having a form of affection for Dr. Rank (Törnqvist 12).

Although Dr. Rank is aware that his death is soon approaching, he decides to reveal his true feelings to Norah. He admits that he loves her although Norah is convinced that he has misinterpreted the kind of affection she has for him. The reason why Dr. Rank decides to reveal his true feelings is not brought out in the play, but there is a probability that he chooses to do that to have a personal piece knowing that he was honest. He was well aware that Norah was his best friend’s wife and that he could never have anything with her considering he was a dying man. However, he revealed his feelings to free his spirit (12).

At the time when Dr. Rank professed his love for Norah, she was facing a critical problem involving a bond that she had gained by forging her father’s signature. One of the employees named Krogstad knew her secret and placed pressure on her threatening to reveal the secret. This situation implied that Norah desperately needed money to solve her problem. She had decided to request Dr. Rank for the money, but his confession made her change her mind. Probably, she figured out that requesting for the money after he had professed his love for her would be misinterpreted as an act of treachery to her husband (12).

Work Cited
Törnqvist, Egil. Ibsen: A Dolls House. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995. Print.

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