Why are there many references of fever or illness in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House ?

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The illnesses and deaths in the play A Doll's House are pivotal in the life stories of the characters, much like it happens in real life. After all, the play is meant to be realistic and deals with life as it really happens.

Case in point, think about the characters whose lives are entirely changed by illness or death:

1. In her youth, Christine Linde had to give up the love of her life, Krogstad, in order to marry a businessman. The latter's status was needed to help her care for her ill mother and her two younger brothers.

Her mother dies, her husband dies, and her brothers become adults. These factors leave Christine literally wandering without a focus, or a future. This is what ultimately leads her to Nora, in order to seek employment in Torvald's bank.

2. After the death of her own father, Nora had been under the care of her husband, Torvald. However, when the latter becomes gravely ill , Nora has no other option than to make a shady deal with Krogstad to get a loan and remove Torvald to recover...

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