In what ways does the relationship of Torvald & Nora differ from the relationship of Christina and Krogstad? How are they the same?How do these relationships compare and contrast?

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The two relationships have very little in common to be fair. Throughout the play, the characters of Nora and Christina are sharply contrasted. In Act I we learn that Christina has had to confront and adjust to the reality of true human relationships through her choice to marry for money and then her experience of poverty as a widow. This stands in complete contrast to Nora, who leads a frivolous, protected life where she has not had to face the reality of relationships. Christina cannot believe the dishonesty in the relationship of Nora and Torvald, and it is her who ultimately chooses to bring issues to a head by revealing what Nora has done.

It is ironic that Norah hopes for the "wonderful thing" to occur between her and Torvald - the moment when they can know and respect each other for the individuals they are. Clearly, the play shows that Torvald is too shallow and Nora is in need to find "herself" and make her own life choices for this to occur. However, the union of Christina and Krogstad does show the "wonderful thing" in action - Christina and Krogstad, having had their very different life experiences to Torvald and Nora, have reached a stage when they cann accept each other for who they are without pretence or falsehood. In their relationship, Ibsen suggests his model for marriage and equality between the sexes.

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A Doll's House

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