Torvald is extremely cautious about how he is perceived by other people. He would do anything to keep his honourable image even if it involves him to do something dishonourable. At the end of act one when Nora tries to convince Torvald to not fire Krogstad, Torvald explains to Nora that Krogstad has forged signatures in the past and instead of doing the honourable thing of “openly confessing [his] guilt and accepting [his] punishment” (1.836-837) , Krogstad “got himself off the hook with tricks and loopholes” (1.839-840). Torvald even believes that the “most terrible part of” (1.845) of Krogstad’s situation is his children since he believes that his dishonour is hereditary. This may seem to be an honourable thing to do except for the fact that Torvald will do the same dishonourable actions if his honour is at risk. In act three when Torvald discovers Nora’s secret his first concern was not for Nora’s wellbeing but for his pride and honour. He tells Nora that they have do “whatever it costs” (3.404) to appease Krogstad and cover the secret up. Even at the very end of the play, ...
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...ance of any extortion plot, the lies and betrayals between the two characters would eventually lead to a separation even without the events in the play.
The actions of both Torvald and Nora would have led to a broken marriage even without the help of Krogstad. Torvald’s sensitivity to outside scrutiny would have resulted in him leaving Nora if she stops being an asset to his personal image. Nora’s need for her own identity started well before Krogstad even needed to extort her for his job back and she will eventually leave Torvald as she begins to mature. Lastly both Nora and Torvald have deceived each other to the point where any small incident which will cause them to question their trust for one another would result in a separation between Nora and Torvald. The marriage between Nora and Torvald is ultimately doomed even if Krogstad and Mrs. Linde never existed.
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