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and can not believe that Nora would defy her husband. ?Christine too is inclined to treat Nora as a kitten that has never known trouble. Not unnaturally Nora is piqued into revealing that she is not such a child after all. Seven years ago she saved her husbands life by borrowing money? (Ibsen and Strindberg 139). ?You are just like the others. They all think that I am incapable of anything really serious? is Nora?s response to Christine?s comment (Ibsen 11). Nora is sick and tired of everyone treating her as though she is incompetent. She wants them all to realize that she is a woman who is more than Torvald?s ?little squirrel? to manipulate (Ibsen 5). When the doctors tell her that Torvald will die if he does not live in the south; she first tries to work her wiles on him and

uses tears and begs but he will not go. She knows she must save him at any cost. Nora did what she thought the only solution was; she borrowed the money and told Torvald that it was a present from her father. Nora?s borrowing gave her a sense of worth. It made her feel like a man and made her feel more powerful. Christine?s first thoughts of Nora?s forgery change as she realizes that Nora did it out of love and not deceit. Christine begins to understand more and more that Nora is forced into a role that Torvald wants filled but not one that Nora wants to play. She on the other hand is waiting for Torvald to love her as she loves him. She wants him to sacrifice his reputation to prove his love for her is as great as hers for him. Christine ends up interfering in their relationship

by holding Krogstad from retrieving the letter because she believes the truth must come out in order for them to save their marriage. Krogstad is a man who is treated and treats with contempt. He is Torvald?s employee at the bank who is about to loose his position for lack of morals. Torvald will fire him not because he forged someone?s name on a bond but because he did not take his punishment instead he ?got himself out of it by a cunning trick, and that is why he has gone under altogether? (Ibsen 27). Krogstad is angry and vows revenge so he goes to Nora, whom he has been lending money, to reveal that he has discovered Nora?s own forgery. He hopes to use this against her to retain his position at the bank. He thinks Nora will be an easy target as he says ?Oh you can?t frighten

me. A fine, spoilt lady like you? (Ibsen 43). He does not believe Nora will display the courage to defy him. This information is important to Krogstad because he now wants to rehabilitate himself. He needs Torvald to give him a higher position in the bank so that people will respect him. Respectability is important because he is tired of being depicted as a villain. The irony is that he wants to become a better person but to do this he will blackmail Nora and destroy a marriage without feeling any guilt. Instead of rehabilitating himself he is becoming more and more villainous. Thinking that Nora could use her influence on her husband he tells her to make sure that he is able to keep his job. Nora knows this is impossible because her husband will never listen to her pleas for

Krogstad?s sake. He scares her with threats that he will tell Torvald about the forgery. ?Nora condemns Krogstad?s behavior as shameful, brutal, and nasty. He retaliates by making her look in the mirror. He manipulates her into thinking that her crime was just as bad as his? (Durbach 79). A disagreeing Nora naively tells him that the law will see that her crime was different because it was out of love whereas his was out of greed. ?Nora would rather die then tarnish Torvald?s honor. She would rather die then put him to the test? and that is why she tells Krogstad she will do anything for him in exchange that he keep her secret (Hornby 101). Nora pleads with him to take money instead but Krogstad wants more than money instead of his position at the bank. He instead has decided

that he will use Nora to influence Torvald to promote him to second-in-command who actually runs the bank. When he does not get his promotion but rather a dismissal, out of anger and revenge sends a letter to Torvald explaining Nora?s forgery and lies. Krogstad?s turning point comes when his old flame, Christine, comes to him to reconciliate. She wants someone to love and someone to take care of and Krogstad fits the description. She explains that she had to jilt him not because she did not love him but to marry someone with enough money to support her family. Krogstad confesses that her rejection was the beginning of his downfall. Krogstad is hesitant at first to trust her love but Christine?s suave words about ?two shipwrecked people joining forces having a better chance than