In Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," what is the nature of Dr. Rank's illness.

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In Ibsen's A Doll's House, Dr. Rank, Nora and Torvald 's long-time friend, is suffering from an illness and is close to death. Although the nature of his illness goes unnamed in the play, Rank alludes to the degenerate behavior of his father. Corrupted by alcohol and, Rank suggests,...

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In Ibsen's A Doll's House, Dr. Rank, Nora and Torvald's long-time friend, is suffering from an illness and is close to death. Although the nature of his illness goes unnamed in the play, Rank alludes to the degenerate behavior of his father. Corrupted by alcohol and, Rank suggests, affairs with multiple women, one assumes the father had contracted syphillus, for which there would have been no cure at the time the play was written. The disease was passed down to Rank through his mother at birth, thus emphaziing the "sins of the father," just one of the themes of the play.

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