What types of characters exist in A Doll's House (flat, round, stock, etc.)?

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A Doll’s House is carefully constructed to showcase the changes that Nora is undergoing. She is the only truly dynamic character. While the other main characters are also mostly round characters, they do not undergo any significant transformations, so they are static. Krogstad is an exception, because he turns out less villainous than he initially seems.

Nora is a fascinating character because of the ways in which she changes. Through much of the play, it seems she will continue in the course she has established: pretending to be an honest, respectable, middle-class woman, but all the while, lying to her husband. However, the audience also sees that she is neither a bad person nor a simple, flat character. Her motivation is not her selfish desires but her husband’s health. She is much smarter than she acts, as she is earning money and carefully budgeting so she can repay the loan. When Nora realizes that her husband is actually not as virtuous as she had believed, she has an epiphany and decides to live her own, authentic life.

Torvald is a flat, static character. The audience gains a different perspective on him when he offers to continue in the marriage, but only on his stated terms. Rather than a secret lie maintained by Nora alone, they would now live a shared lie and both would participate in perpetuating that falsity to the world. The audience can see that Torvald has been a hypocrite all along, but Nora had not realized this.

Mrs. Linde is a flat, static character who is unfailingly virtuous. Krogstad is rounder and dynamic, because Kristine’s positive influence makes him reconsider his attitude toward Nora’s fraud.

Dr. Rank is a flat character in that he is largely unchanging. However, he also has some depth because of his influence on Nora. The irony is that his death, more than his actions in life, stimulated her to action.

The flat, static characters are Helene, the Helmer family’s maid, and the three Helmer children.

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Torvald is considered a static and round character in Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's House. The fact that Torvald does not undergo a significant change but is a well-developed person makes his character static and round. One could also argue that Torvald is one of Nora's antagonists, because he oppresses her individuality. Throughout the play, Torvald is depicted as authoritative and callous. He does not view Nora as his equal and is a relatively insensitive person. Despite not experiencing a dramatic change, Torvald's personality has depth, which is why he is not a flat character like Dr. Rank. Dr. Rank is considered a flat character because he is one-dimensional and has one or two traits that make up his entire personality. In the play, Dr. Rank is a terminally ill friend of the Helmer family and is attracted to Nora.

Nora Helmer is a round, dynamic character who experiences a dramatic change throughout the play. As the protagonist of the play, Nora's character is well developed, and she undergoes a change of heart and perspective at the end of the play. After Torvald discovers her secret, Nora decides to leave him in order to experience independence for the first time in her life. Nils Krogstad is also a round, dynamic character. Initially, Nils is the antagonist of the play and threatens to expose Nora's secret unless she can convince Torvald to reinstate him. However, Nils experiences a change of heart after rekindling a romance with Kristine Linde. He eventually writes Torvald another letter, promising to conceal Nora's forgery.

Kristine Linde is considered a round character, and she has a well developed, in-depth personality. She is portrayed as a desperate woman who establishes a relationship with Krogstad that is founded on trust, honesty, and equality. Nora's children and Anne-Marie are considered flat characters.

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Henrik Ibsen illustrates many different characters in his play A Doll's House.

Terms which need to be defined are protagonist, antagonist, round, flat, dynamic, and static.

A protagonist is the main character of the story, or play. An antagonist is the main character who conflicts with the protagonist. A round character is fully described and defined by the author. A flat character is not fully described, the author gives little information about this character. A dynamic character changes (mentally or physically grows) from the beginning of a text to the end. A static character stays the same throughout a text, they do not change.

Nora Helmer is a round character. Given that she is the protagonist of the play, Ibsen fully describes Nora. She also changes throughout the play; this makes Nora a dynamic character.

Torvald Helmer is a round character and Nora's antagonist. Ibsen describes his personality very well (proven by the fact that many readers fail to be engaged by him--he is simply disliked by most). That being said, Torvald is a flat character. He fails to change over the course of the play. This being said, Torvald could be considered a raisonneur (the mouth piece of other characters or the author). This is defined by the fact that he thinks he is in charge of his family, while in reality, he is not.

Nils Krogstad and Kristine Linde are both dynamic and round. Each are described in detail by Ibsen. While the changes are small, each do undergo them.

Dr. Rank, while easily sympathized with, seems to be a rather flat character. The important aspects of his character are given and, while though one's sympathy for him grows, he fails to. Instead, he seems to fade--much like his life given his ailment.

The Helmer children are both flat and static. They do not change and little is really known about them.

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