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Please discuss the theme of corruption in the A Doll's House.

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There is corruption aplenty in A Doll's House, both legally and morally. In relation to the former, we have the actions of Nora, who forged her late father's signature on a loan application. She did it with the best of intentions; she wanted to help pay for her husband to go to Italy when he was ill. No matter; the law is the law, and Nora broke it. But Nora wasn't alone; Krogstad assisted her in committing the fraud. The difference, however, is that he's faced up to his criminal actions and wants Nora to do likewise. Krogstad is acutely aware of the moral corruption to which his actions have led, yet it will take a little while longer for Nora to follow suit.

What Nora doesn't yet realize at this stage is that she's been morally corrupted, not just by the fraudulent loan application, but by her marriage. Her whole character, as an individual and as a woman, has been thoroughly corrupted by the need to fulfill society's expectations of how a dutiful wife should behave. It was only because...

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