• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Ibsen's 1879 play, A Doll's House, portrays a dynamic character, Nils Krogstad, as a man in conflict with society. On the one hand, he wants to make up for his previously shady behavior.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Krogstad Ibsen's 1879 play, "A Doll's House," portrays a dynamic character, Nils Krogstad, as a man in conflict with society. On the one hand, he wants to make up for his previously shady behavior. On the other, he constantly meets pressures to return to his illegal activities. Because this one character, more than any other, creates drama and tension in the play he specifically alters the lives of Nora and those around her. He is the troubled antagonist who changes Nora's cozy marriage forever. Ibsen explores the effects of harsh Victorian society on those perceived to be morally corrupt through the character Krogstad's earlier life, first appearance in the play, and struggle to overcome an ugly past. Krogstad's past is fed to the reader largely through snide comments from the other characters. All the main characters at some point in Acts I or II make a rude or negative comment about Krogstad, demonstrating through these few people how an entire judgmental town must behave around him. ...read more.

Middle

It is like a visible wickedness follows him that even those new to society's faultfinding, like children, can see. He is forced to return to criminal behavior, blackmailing her to keep his job. He reasons that if Helmer learns of his wife's forgery Helmer will let him stay and advance in the bank just to keep the ordeal quite. In Act I Krogstad says that he must recover as much respectability as he can, because his sons are growing and he doesn't not want them to be punished by people for his mistake. Krogstad does not necessary want to harm Nora, but he does want his family to be accepted in society more than he wants to help her or her husband. Krogstad uses the bond as a way to drag someone else down to his level, as he at least twice compares himself and Nora, while also trying to gain status. It is one element of power that he has against what is otherwise a insurmountable situation. ...read more.

Conclusion

By doing this, Christine fulfills his need for support and encouragement that he was seeking from society, therefore negating his extreme efforts to keep the bank position. The "happy change" he refers to in his note can definitely be attributed to the two ship-wrecked souls finding their way back to each other. With this acceptance from Christine, he is finally able to overcome his criminal past by giving back the bond and forfeiting his blackmail attempt. In conclusion, Krogstad is disadvantaged by his own reputation. His past continues to harm him now, and the fact that he resorts to something illegal to get what he wants proves that the society that pressures him only serves to force him back into the mold that they have crafted for him. It isn't until Christine accepts him as he is, with full knowledge of his crime, that he can put immoral activities behind him and return to a legitimate life. In many ways Krogstad is a victim of strict, unforgiving Nineteenth Century norms just like Nora. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Henrik Ibsen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Henrik Ibsen essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Nora Helmer vs. Miss Julie - the Role of Women being Degraded by Man

    3 star(s)

    When I look down I get dizzy. I have to get down but I don't have the courage to jump. " Towards the end of the play, in which Miss Julie is already suffering from hysteria, she has this desire to fall and be controlled by a man.

  2. Plot and Sub-Plot of A Doll's House

    clear that Nora is very flustered and the sub texts are used here to show Torvald's suspicion of his wife and the way he nearly discovers the truth, but it just eludes him. For Nora the sub text shows how eager she is to cover up the meeting and her

  1. Reviewing a live performance - Henrik Ibsen's : A Doll's House.

    * The choice of music accompanying the Tarantella was very fast and chaotic giving an air of disorder and commotion, which contrasts greatly to that of other acts in which no sound is played. SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879)

  2. With close reference to language, analyse Nora's character throughout the play

    We see this in Act One when she meets with Mrs Linde; "I too have done something to be happy and proud about. It was I who saved Torvald's life". Nora is trying to gain respect from her friend by revealing a secret that she thinks will illustrate her practical

  1. "Do you want your characters to live? See to it that they are free." ...

    Although not keen to try and be free of his surroundings he is a rather eloquent testimony to what the society adds up to, and could, consequently, stand as a warning to Nora. By external measures he is a successful figure, rich and well respected, and yet, despite his role

  2. An Oppressing Society

    Hedda and Thea, the two female leads, possess within them, both admirable and detestable features that in fact scare men off. Thea makes them aroused while Hedda repels them. Hedda, the protagonist, exhibits a mixture of masculine and feminine traits due to her unique background under General Gabler and the social traditions forced upon her.

  1. A Doll's House Act one scene one - In this scene, how does the ...

    (Quotation) She is Torvald's 'skylark', his 'squirrel' and does not object to the terms he uses over her. In fact she plays up to him, she plays the role of a child and does not act the role of a mature married mother.

  2. Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House - Plot.

    All the time, Nora's reaction is oddly calm. She understands the absurdity of her husband's offences and their very marriage, and apparently is starting to doubt her love towards Torvald. Then the maid carries in another letter from Krogstad containing Nora's forged document.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work