Compare and contrast Krogstad and Torvald. Who is the stronger character? Please explain your answer.

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Torvald and Krogstad are both dislikable characters who have a façade of strength and dominance about them. For both of them, strength is tantamount to bullying. Krogstad bullies in a sniveling way through attempted blackmail. Torvald, however, is a conventional representative of the system, of society. He seems obsessed with his own righteousness and the supposed fact that he's an exponent of morality and order. It's unjustified power, not "strength," that he exhibits. In a contest between Torvald and Krogstad, it's somewhat immaterial which is the stronger character. But if forced to choose, I would almost have to say the unsavory and slimy Krogstad is ironically the better, or rather the less negative, exponent of strength.

Krogstad is at least consistent in his campaign to secure some kind of breakthrough in his own life, to reestablish the successful career he thinks he deserves—despite the nearly criminal way he goes about it. He acts with ruthlessness, but he's not exactly a...

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