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Samuel Cruz

Professor Theresa Rooney

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ENG 126

4 December 2017

            A
Doll’s House on the Big Screen

            Many
stories have been taken from print and presented on a big screen with actors to
show a more cinematic approach for the audience to enjoy. Some of these stories
have been recreated exactly like their text version but, this is not the case
with A Doll’s House. The play itself is a better rendition of this story
compared to the film. The film made a couple of changes to the order of the
story which sets it out of tune compared to the play. In the film Krogstad is
given a more humane look compared to the play, which is why in the movie he is
depicted better.

            In the
first scene of the movie, you can see Krogstad talking with Christine, also
known as Mrs. Linde, about their relationship. He desperately wanted Mrs. Linde
to marry him but faces the harsh reality of knowing Mrs. Linde is marrying
someone with more money than him. This scene took place years before the rest
of the movie because Nora had not married Torvald yet and her father had not
passed away. This is a major difference compared to the play because the first
time Krogstad and Mrs. Linde interact, it is an entirely different scenario.
They barely meet each other because Mrs. Linde turned away from him. Although,
at the beginning of the play they alluded to a possible link between the two
characters, the readers would not know how Krogstad was hurt and would believe
that Krogstad was just a purely evil character. Based off this scene alone you
can pity him since his heartbreak is truly sad. In the play though this scene
is more optimistic. Mrs. Linde and Krogstad talk about the possibility of her
being the mother to his children and he is actually ecstatic during the
conversation. This exact part is also captured towards the end of the movie, so
the audience got to see how the relationship temporarily ended and how it
blossomed once again.

            Krogstad
has another scene early in the story, when he first encounters the Helmers.
This scene happens in the movie and is not in the play itself. Krogstad looks
outside of his cubicle and talks to his co-worker about the rumor of Torvald
being their new “master.” His co-worker, Alson, mentions the little “incident”
that Krogstad encountered that halted his career as a lawyer. This is the first
time that the incident is mentioned in the movie and gives the audience an idea
of how badly Krogstad’s incident hindered him in the public’s eye. Knowing this
information also lets the audience know why he wanted to keep his bank position
so much that he was willing to blackmail Nora. If the play had added this then
the readers would also know why Krogstad kept going on about his reputation.
There was another scene in the film as well that was not in the play, a scene
where Krogstad is with his children. Again here is a scene where Krogstad looks
more humane and not like an evil being only after his own self interest.
Knowing that Krogstad spends time with his kids shows that he has a heart and
could alter people’s idea of him just like the first scene of the movie, where
it seemed like he was completely heartbroken. This allows for a better
connection with the character, why is why the movie is better with depicting
Krogstad.

            Another
important scene from the play was when Krogstad pressed Nora and threatened her
with blackmail. This scene was very similar between the play and the movie
because Krogstad was very intimidating and meticulous with his way of bringing
up his case. In the movie, Krogstad and Nora immediately went at each other
which was quite different to the play. In the play Nora had to shoo away her
kids and send them with their nurse before she spoke with Krogstad. It also
took several lines before Krogstad had dropped the bombshell on her. In the
movie, Krogstad goes on the offensive almost immediately. There is a brief
intermission because the kids walk back in to see Nora talking with Krogstad,
which does not happen in the play because the kids would have gone with the
nurse beforehand. They go and play hide and seek and several scenes later Nora
and Krogstad reappear. This scene is quite different to how the play goes
because they are in an isolated area outdoors. The play does not split the two
scenes apart unlike the movie, it all happens inside the household. With this
scene, the play is more compelling because it is longer and does not get
interrupted. The readers can fully indulge into the full conversation whereas
the viewers of the film had to go through two other scenes to finally get the
last portion of the discussion Krogstad had with Nora. The more compelling
version though is the movie because of how aggressive Krogstad’s tone is. He
was not going to allow Nora to back off easily from the conversation from the
jump.

            Overall,
Krogstad was more compelling in the movie because the viewers got to see how
his character became the way he was. Also because Krogstad did not look as evil
as he was in the play. The movie version did have its flaws though in general,
a lot of the plot was scattered and scenes were moved around too much. The play
kept its order and flowed a lot better because of it’s organization. The two
scenes that did not appear in the play could have made it even stronger because
it would have given the opportunity of connecting with Krogstad.

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