Questions and Answers: Act III

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1. Why does Mrs. Linde tell Krogstad not to ask for his letter back?

2. After returning from the party, Torvald wants to be alone with his wife for a romantic night. What, initially, spoils the mood?

3. How does Torvald respond to Krogstad’s first letter?

4. What is the relevance of the titl A Doll's House?

5. How does Nora respond to Torvald’s actions after he reads Krogstad’s letter?

1. Mrs. Linde has noticed deceit and dishonesty in Nora’s marriage. She thinks the truth needs to be revealed so the couple can better understand one another.

2. The mood is spoiled by cards that Dr. Rank has put in the letterbox, bidding the Helmers farewell. These cards reveal that he is going to die.

3. Torvald responds by calling his wife nasty names and accusing her of ruining his reputation. His behavior is very selfish; he thinks only of himself. At no time does he offer to sacrifice his reputation for his wife or make any effort to console her for her mistake.

4. Nora’s father used to call her his “doll-child.” To her father, she was some sort of toy or doll that he could play with, a pretty possession. Nora feels that her marriage is a similar kind of relationship. Torvald’s home is a doll house to her.

5. Nora finally takes a firm stand. Appalled by her husband’s behavior, she confronts him and leaves. She no longer wants to have anything to do with him and claims that she is leaving forever. Although the door slams, her final lines before departing indicate that a “miracle” (or “wonder,” depending on the translation) could bring her back; the marriage would have to change and become a real marriage or equal partnership.

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Questions and Answers: Act II