Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #7

HELMER: "I ought to have foreseen it. All your father's want of principle--be silent!--all your father's want of principle has come out in you." (3.236)

Where else in the play are there ideas of inherited guilt?

Quote #8

HELMER: "What a horrible awakening! All these eight years--she who was my joy and pride--a hypocrite, a liar--worse, worse--a criminal!" (3.236)

The fact that Nora did all these things for him seems to be completely lost on Torvald.

Quote #9

HELMER: "How I am punished for having winked at what he did! I did it for your sake, and this is how you repay me." (3.236)

Ah, so Helmer's record isn't as spotless as he makes it out to be. He admits here that he ignored some of Nora's father's wrongdoing.

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