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Characterization of Corruption Welcome to A Dolls House Henrik Ibsens controversial play A Dolls House serves as a critical analysis of society using rich characterization to illustrate the effects of human corruption The characters include Nora a repressed housewife who ultimately abandons her children after realizing that her life no longer represents who she is Noras husband Torvald is the proverbial poster-boy for the patriarchal society of 1870s Norway and has been slowly and steadily alienating his wife with his dominating personality and chiding remarks Another character is Mrs Linde a widow who married a man she never loved for financial stability after her fathers death left her penniless Doctor Rank a great friend of Nora and Torvald grew up sickly diseased before conception after his father received syphilis from one of his many mistresses Finally the character Krogstad suppressed a crime and is now a bad example for his children In his play A Dolls House Ibsen creates characters with different backgrounds to portray various facets of human corruption At the beginning of the play Noras character is like that of a young child She is submissive to her husband as she was with her father and is thus oppressed by her environment Her childishness creates her charm her danger and her destinySalom 42 Nora feels trapped by the way men have treated her and now her husband has replaced her fathers role as an overbearing parent Even still her love for each of them has kept her from ever leaving When I lived at home Nora told Dr Rank a frequent visitor naturally I loved father above all else You can well imagine that being with Torvald is just like being with fatherSalom 42 Throughout the play Nora seems to be the only character who has pure intentions but in the end her corruption is revealed when she leaves her children to escape her issues with men rather than standing up
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