What are the character motivations in the Play, A Doll's House? (Mainly Nora and her husband.) How Nora being the protagonist and Krogstad being the antagonist influence their motivations with...

What are the character motivations in the Play, A Doll's House?

(Mainly Nora and her husband.) How Nora being the protagonist and Krogstad being the antagonist influence their motivations with their life.

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Nora:  Nora's motivations stem from the fact that she wants to please her husband.  She wants to be the perfect wife. She is completely dependent on her husband, or so she thinks (until the end of the play).  She deceives her husband by taking out loans without his consent, lying to him, etc.  She doesn't realize her own strength until the end of the play when she announces she is leaving him.

Torvald (Nora's husband):  He is selfish and motivated by his appearance to the outside world.  He is concerned about propriety and doing the right thing in front of society.  He treats Nora as if she were a doll and a plaything or a little, trivial person in his life in many ways.  He is transparent and clueless that Nora is capable of making her own decisions in her life.

Krogstad: He is motivated by desperation:

He has also been disappointed in love and is bitter. His threats to Nora reflect his anger at being denied the opportunity to start over and his concerns about supporting his dependent children. Accordingly, he is not the unfeeling blackmailer he is presented as in the first act. Once he is reunited with his lost love, Mrs. Linde, he recants and attempts to rectify his earlier actions.

           

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