Characters in A DOLLS HOUSE

             Although Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is predominantly about two main characters, Torvald and Nora, there are four minor characters in the play who have very important roles. Christine Linde is a childhood friend of Nora’s. She has a major effect on events that happen in the play. She is the first character to see that Nora is not a child. Dr. Rank is another very important secondary character, who, in essence, had a love affair of his own with Nora. Krogstad, the third secondary character, was perhaps the most influential of all of the minor characters. He provides the “conflict” of the play. Lastly, there was Anne-Marie, the nurse. Her appearances in play were sparse, but still she provided another important aspect to the play. She was the Helmers’ nurse.
             One of the first minor characters that appear in the play is Christine, who shows up at the Helmers’ front door near the very beginning of the play. She has a major effect on events that happen in the play. She is the first one to realize that Nora is not really a child; she is merely pretending in order to fit the role that Torvald has made for her. Christine went through many hard and has already gone through all the things Nora is about to face. She was therefore able to see much more than Nora was capable of. She helps Krogstad improve his life by renewing the relationship that they once had years ago. This change benefits Nora’s life in many ways. It enables her to willingly admit all that has happened between her and Krogstad. It also makes it possible for her to leave Torvald without ruining him; this was needed for the well being of her children.
             The second minor character is Dr. Rank, who suffers from spinal tuberculosis. He not only someone Nora can talk to, but he is also available emotionally while Torvald is not. Nora is able to confide in Dr. Rank, but she cannot seem to do so with her own husband. This simple fact makes the r...

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