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Nora and Krogstad

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Ibsen manages to make Krogstad a very human figure for which we have sympathy, even though he is blackmailing Nora. The first instance where this is shown is where Nora and Krogstad congregate for the second for the second time. In this conversation, Krogstad assures Nora that everything about her situation should not be taken too seriously and settlement should be preceded in a friendly manner. Once Nora temps Krogstad to "think of her children", he then replies with, "Did you or your husband ever think of mine?" (Pg 86). This uncovers his soft side towards his family and children to show that he is truly unveiling his pure underlying sentiments as a person and being ("human figure"). Another sign of when Krogstad illustrates a very human figure is when Mrs. Christine Linde reconciles with Krogstad in the final act. During the conversation their previous romantic flame was re-ignited. Krogstad felt sympathy for Nora and by blackmailing her he is breaking up a family, and a family is what he desired most, that is why he reacted so strongly when Ms. Linde explained her situation. This strong reaction to Ms. Linde, shows that Krogstad is capable of letting his emotions over and letting the shine over his bitterness as a person. Krogstad needed someone that will be with him and wont leave him. He was just inflicting pain and suffering on Nora because he wanted to break up Torvald's family so he would experience what he had felt. But Krogstad didn't want to hurt anyone he was just jealous of what Torvald had, like a family, and he desired the same thing.

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