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

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While I agree with many of the excellent points made by other educators, no one has yet identified one particular point of contrast between Krogstad and Torvald. Although Krogstad may seem like a rancorous and manipulative individual while Torvald, at least, has some principles, in the end it is Krogstad who ranks love as more important than money or appearances or position. Torvald cannot see that his wife did something compromising in order to benefit him; she forged her father's signature not because she is without principle but because she wants to get the money for the trip that would save her husband's life. However, Torvald accuses her of all manner of wrongdoing, calling her names and insulting her, and yet insisting that they remain together for the sake of appearances. He cannot appreciate her sacrifice for him though she has worked and scrimped for years in order to pay back the loan. Krogstad, on the other hand, is reunited with Christine Linde, Nora 's old school friend, and forgives Nora's debt at Christine's apparent request. Krogstad is willing to give up his position, his money, and his leverage over the Helmers all because he has found love; Torvald, on the other hand, had it and ruined it with...

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