Torvald’s unrealistic view of life

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He is practical and recognizes that the expenses will increase for Christmas. He is negative and prepares for the unforeseen by extolling Nora not to borrow money. He gives money to Nora but only after admonishing her expenditures and seeing her fallen mood…

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He uses the topic of money to wield his influence over her. It is an unrealistic method of controlling a wife.

It might seem that Torvald is unrealistic since he is prejudiced against accepting help from his wife. Nora says that Torvald has 'manly independence', pride and humiliation. (Ibsen 12). His personal traits are unrealistic as Nora says that if he knew that she had borrowed money for their holiday in Italy; 'It would upset our mutual relations altogether; our beautiful happy home would no longer be what it is now.' (Ibsen 12). However, Torvald is a sharp man who is aware of the necessity of work for survival for when Nora introduces him to her friend Mrs. Linde, he immediately assumes that she is a widow and needs to work for her living. He is realistic enough to understand that Nora recommends her friend naturally above anyone else. He is quick enough to catch Nora at her lie that none were with her in the room prior to his entry. He understands that Krogstad asks Nora to plead his case with him. How can Torvald be so perceptive if he holds an unrealistic view of life It seems he has some realistic insights although he holds his own views about the gender role stereotypes of a wife and mother.

Torvald's high moral principles may make him seem unrealistic. He discusses Krogstad's case with Nora and reveals his arguments behind Krogstad's moral shortcomings. ...
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