Importance Of Moral Views Between Characters In A Doll's House

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There are major opposing moral views between characters in Henrik Ibsen 's dramatic play A Doll 's House. One moral trail leads to the conclusion that once someone commits a bad deed, there is no saving them; that person is now a low-life degenerate with no redemption in sight. The other side falls under a much more sympathetic view. They believe that the goodness of a person, whether it comes from who they once were, or who they are now, can help them overcome their mistakes and become truly good again. If brought to trial, through Torvald 's close-minded views on how people are, the sympathy of Krogstad 's children, Ms. Linde 's views on Krogstad 's character, and the words of Krogstad himself, the accusation of Krogstad 's moral degeneracy …show more content…
Christine Linde would be the next witness on the stage. Most people likely do not know Mrs. Linde 's history with Krogstad, but her experiences in the past with him will only help this case. During a conversation with Nora, Mrs. Linde mentions “...a time when [Krogstad] would have/ done anything for me” (81). This is the first legitimate indication to the fact that Krogstad and Mrs. Linde know each other more than just in passing. Later, after approaching Krogstad before the Helmer 's attend a party, Mrs. Linde remarks that Krogstad never “...really understood her” (88), Krogstad believes that they have nothing to discuss about their past because “The/ whole world saw exactly what was happening—a/ woman without any feelings was leaving her man/ when a more lucrative prospect showed up” (88). This conversation brings to light the full scope of what went on between Mrs. Linde and Krogstad in the past. The most important part of the conversation comes when Mrs. Linde explains that she “...had to break up/ with [him]” (88) because she had “...an invalid mother/ and two little brothers to take care of. [They] couldn 't wait for [him]” (88). Here it is revealed that Mrs. Linde and Krogstad were once romantically involved, perhaps even in love. However, due to his lack of a sound job, she had to leave him to take care of her sick mother and younger brothers. Mrs. Linde telling the story of her past with Krogstad could help drive home the …show more content…
After coming to the realization that Nora has “No plan that [she] would put into practice” (76), Krogstad attempts to ensure that she has not “...been/ thinking of doing something desperate” (76). After Krogstad gets it out of Nora that she thought of killing herself, he then reveals that “Most of [them] think of [suicide] at first. [He] did too./ But [he] didn 't have the courage” (76). The last big emotional push in Krogstad 's testimony is his thoughts toward taking his own life. All of the heartbreak, compounded with the crimes he committed brought him so close to ending his own life. This is not only a sad story, but a revealing story as well. If Krogstad had no morality, then he would not care about any of his illegal actions. However, Krogstad feels regret. So much regret that life almost becomes too much for him to bear. Krogstad 's sorrow and regret for the situations that he has been through is more than enough proof of his morality. These emotional struggles in no way condone Krogstad 's actions, but they do shed some light on how much more emotional and moral depth there is to him than some men like Torvald Helmer would lead others to

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