Nora
plays protagonist and the wife of Torvald Helmer, has never lived alone, going immediately from the care of her father to that of her husband. inexperienced in the ways of the world as a result of this sheltering, impulsive and materialistic. play questions extent to which these attributes are mer masks that he/she uses to negotiate the patriarchal oppression she faces every day. independent to negotiate the loan to make krogstads holiday possible. emerges as independant
Torvald
Noras husband of 8 years. has been promoted to manager of the bank. built his middle class living through his own work and not from family. focused on business, spends great deal of time at home in study avoiding general visitors and interaction with kids. sees self primarily responsible for financial welfare of family and guardian for wife. particularly concerned with morality.stiff and unsympathetic.
Dr. Rank
friend of family and torvalds physician, Dr.Rank embodies and subverts the theatrical role of male moral force that had been traditionally in plays of time. rather than providing moro guidance and example for rest of characters. corrupting force, morally and physically. sick from consumption of spine as a result of fathers sexual exploits, confesses love for Nora in second act.
Mrs. Linde
schoolmate of Noras, name is Christine, comes into noras life after loss of husband and mother. support helpless mother and 2 younger brothers since death of husband. now, mother dead and brothers adults, she is a free agent. ask nora to help secure a job at torvalds bank
Krogstad
a man from who nora borrows money to pay for trip to Italy, employee at bank which Torvald has just taken over. involved in a work scandal many years previously. name has been sullied and his career stunted. when job at bank is jeopardized by Torvald's refusal to work with a man he sees as hopelessly corrupt, blackmails Nora to ensure that he doesn't lose his job.
Ivar, Bob, and Emmy
nora younger children. raised primarily by the nurse, spend little time with mother and father. when time is spent, just as playmate. Ibsen facilitates their dialogue through horas mouth, cut entirely in performance.
Anne
family nurse and raised nora who lost mother and now raises noras children. nora is confident that she can leave her children in nurses care
helen
housemaid employed by the Helmets
Porter
brings in Christmas tree at the very beginning
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