In A Doll's House, describe Dr. Rank and Nora Helmer’s feelings for one another.

In A Doll's House, Dr. Rank and Nora Helmer are close friends. Nora’s feelings toward the doctor are like those of a daughter for a father. Rank is devoted to Nora and, though he never acts inappropriately, seems to be in love with her.

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In A Doll’s House, Dr. Rank is portrayed as Nora Helmer’s closest friend. Significantly, Nora is not shown as having close women friends. She is very fond of the doctor, who visits her daily. Rank’s attention to Nora is deemed to be entirely appropriate, as her husband, Torvald ...

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In A Doll’s House, Dr. Rank is portrayed as Nora Helmer’s closest friend. Significantly, Nora is not shown as having close women friends. She is very fond of the doctor, who visits her daily. Rank’s attention to Nora is deemed to be entirely appropriate, as her husband, Torvald, does not object to another man visiting his wife. Nora’s attitude toward the doctor, who is much older than she is, resembles that of a daughter toward a father. Nora had been very close to her father while growing up, so it may be that Rank fulfills a similar role.

The doctor’s attention provides a relief to the strains of Nora’s unhappy marriage. As he is terminally ill and apparently in constant pain, his sessions with the younger woman seem to offer a welcome distraction from his own troubles. He realizes long before she does that she and Torvald are not a good match. The doctor is accepting of Nora’s foibles rather than critical like Torvald. Before Nora takes the step to leave Torvald, she learns that Rank will soon end his life. The fact that she knows he will not be available to support her in her new situation indicates her acceptance of having to be self-sufficient from that point forward.

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