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Torvald Helmer Husband of Nora Helmer of eight years who at the beginning of the play has been promoted to manager of the bank Torvald has built his middle-class living through his own work and not from family money Focused on business Torvald spends a great deal of his time at home in his study avoiding general visitors and interacting very little with his children In fact he sees himself primarily as responsible for the financial welfare of his family and as a guardian for his wife Torvald is particularly concerned with morality Dr Rank Friend of the family and physician of Torvald Dr Rank embodies and subverts the theatrical role of the male moral force that had been traditional in the plays of the time Rather than providing moral guidance and example for the rest of the characters Dr Rank is a corrupt force both physically and morally Sick from consumption of the spine as a result of his fathers sexual exploits the Doctor confesses his desire for Nora in the second Act and goes off to die in the third Nils Krogstad Man from whom Nora borrows money to pay for trip to Italy and an employee at the bank with Torvald Krogstad was involved in a work scandal many years previously as a result his name has been sullied and his career stunted When his job at the bank is jeopardized by Torvalds refusal to work with a man he sees as a hopelessly corrupt Krogstad blackmails Nora to ensure that he does not lose his job However after being reunited with Mrs Linde an early amorous connection he repents and sends back the bond However it is also clear that Noras simplistic approach to the world is not entirely her fault Torvalds treatment of Nora as a small helpless child only contributes to Noras isolation from reality Just as Nora relates to the exterior world primarily through material
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