To what extent does Ibsen present Krogstad as a villain in the play? (How…
To what extent does Ibsen present Krogstad as a villain in the play?
How Krogstad does not conform to the role of the archetypal villain
After Nora mentions she doesn't have the "courage" to commit suicide, his stage directions and dialogue read are "[relieved]. So you haven't the courage either, eh?".
His relief suggests he doesn't want Nora to harm herself.
"Under the ice, maybe? Down in the cold, black water? Then being washed up in the spring, bloated, hairless, unrecognisable...". He frightens Nora out of suicide with this eerily vivd description of death.
Krogstad is visibly determined to discourage Nora from self-harm.
"It's [Torvald] who is forcing me off the straight and narrow again."
He states that he is "force[d]" from a good life - suggesting he wants one.
"Even someone like me has a bit of what you might call feeling."
Playfully speaks to Nora about emotions.
"Now your husband wants to kick off the ladder again, back into the mud."
Krogstad is being vulnerable with Nora about his position.
How Krogstad conforms to the role of the archetypal villain
"Rotten to the core"
Gives the audience a sense that his evil completely consumes him.
"Your reputation is entirely in my hands"
Exerts his control over her.
"Krogstad has been poisoning his children with lies and deceit."
Connotations of poison contrasted with that of children is scary.
"If I'm pitched out a second time, you are going to keep me company."
Refers to death using eerie metaphors.
The Impact of Mrs. Linde on Krogstad's Character
"A heartless woman throws a man over the moment something more profitable offers itself."
Krogstad's conviction when speaking shows her affect on him.
"You had no right to throw me over for somebody else."
Krogstad's fixation on the event despite it being in the past shows how much it has affected him.
"I know how far a man like you can be driven by despair."
Mrs. Linde makes it clear she knows her impact on Krogstad.
"Look at me now: a broken man clinging to the wreck of his life."
Krogstad literally tells the audience he is in an awful position because of her.
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