An upwardly mobile professional with a strong sense of his position in society
Controls her cosy family-centred world with attractive child-like fun until events force her to reveal the complexities of her character
Less striking than Nora but it is her change of mind that precipitates the play’s dramatic climax
A threatening presence whose story has a surprising twist
Long-term family friend whose flippancy masks his real feelings
Children’s nanny whose own tragic background mirrors Nora’s
Nora Helmer once secretly borrowed a large sum of money so that her husband Torvald could go to Italy in order to recover from a serious illness. She never told him of this loan and has been secretly paying it back in small instalments by saving from her household allowance.
Torvald mistakes this for careless, childlike behaviour, and often calls her his doll.
When he is appointed bank director, his first act is to sack a man who was once disgraced for having forged his signature on a document. This man, Nils Krogstad, is the person from whom Nora has borrowed her money. It is then revealed that she forged her father's signature in order to get the money.
Krogstad threatens to reveal Nora's crime and thus disgrace her and her husband unless Nora can convince her husband not to fire him. Nora tries to influence her husband, but he thinks of her as a simple child who cannot understand the value of money or business. Thus, when Torvald discovers that Nora has forged her father's name, he is ready to disown her even though she had done it for him.
When Torvald realises what has been going on he forgives Nora, but .. this is the moment when she gives the play its dramatic ending.