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In Henrik Ibsens play A Dolls House Torvald and his wife Nora live a middle class conservative life with three children Nora stays at home while Torvald works as a manager at a bank Previously when Torvald was sick Nora forged her fathers signature on a bond to receive money for a trip to Italy so Torvald could recover Only Nils Krogstad another man at the bank and Noras best friend Linde know about her terrible secret Linde and Krogstad have also failed in society like Nora Krogstad has performed the same act of forgery and Linde had to work to support her family while most women stayed at home Nora and Torvald succeed in society but their relationship fails Ironically Krogstad and Linde maintain a true relationship although they are both failures They are able to be honest with each other converse seriously and have both been wronged by society Therefore they are already exposed to criticism of the world Krogstad and Linde are able to be honest with each other while Nora and Torvald are not Although Krogstad committed a serious crime and Linde was forced to work to support her family both of these burdens have already been removed from them Therefore they are able to be open because they have no secrets left to conceal Linde tells Krogstad she believes they must have a complete understanding which is impossible with concealment and falsehood 52 Nora keeps a dangerous secret from Torvald in order for them to still appear normal to society Consequently they are not honest with each other so they cannot keep their marriage together Nora pretends to be someone she is not in order to fulfill the role that Torvald her father and society at large have expected of her Gillis She is also wronged because she is led to believe she was happy that she was an ideal wife and that her husband loves
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