Veiws on money in A Doll House

583 Words3 Pages
“Money: Does it Matter?” In “ A Doll House” the whole plot revolves around Nora and how carefree she seems with her money, when in reality she is dealing with a lot more then she wants one to think. Nora struggles with her values as the play progresses and eventually realizes that she will never experience true happiness until she is able to comprehend that money and status are not everything, and that in the end all you have is yourself and the truth. In the beginning of the play it seems as though Nora’s focus is all about money. “Won’t it be lovely to have stacks of money and not a care in the world” (24), Nora asks Mrs. Linde. Practically every conversation she has in act I is related to money. When asked by her husband what she would most like for Christmas, she replies, “You could give me money, Torvald. . . . Then I could hang the bills in pretty gilt paper on the Christmas tree. Wouldn’t that be fun” (41)? At this point in the play no one is aware of where her money is being spent. She is seen as a carefree spender, whom doesn’t know the value of money or hard work. Later on in the play Nora shares her hardships with Mrs. Linde, more so to prove a point then anything else, she tells her of the loan taken out without her husband’s knowledge, in order to save his life. We then learn that Nora does have some sense of money, for paying back a nearly five-thousand pound loan isn’t a walk in the park, especially since she is keeping it a secret from her husband, “I’ve had to skimp a little here and there, where ever I could, you know. I could hardly spare anything from my house allowance, because Torvald has to live well” (204). Mrs. Linde then starts to realize that Nora has more of a knack for money the once thought, and that she isn’t such a free spender. Mrs. Linde doesn’t agree with the lie Nora is keeping from Torvald, and encourages her to tell him
Open Document