Marxist Reading Of A Doll's House

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Since the love of money appears to be a strong characteristic in Nora, usually the decisions that she takes are on the base of the influence of getting economic benefits. Nora borrows money secretly and with forgery (by any mean) from someone in order to afford a trip to Italy to help Helmer when he was sick; she works hard to pay for the loan. Here, an evidence of a Marxist characteristic appears. While talking with Kristine about the consequences of the allowance she has and the trip, Nora says, “How lovely to think of that, Kristine! Carefree! To know that you are carefree, utterly carefree (. . .) it is so marvelous to live and be happy! (Ibsen 1718). It is evident that Nora associates the acquisition of wealth with freedom and the only way to be happy. In addition, it gives the Helmers another status within the social order since they did not have enough money at the beginning. At this point of the play, she thinks that money can make her happy, but at the…show more content…
Two elements are important in his perception of society. The first one is the repeated idea of the relationship between freedom and money. When Nora suggests Helmer to borrow money in case they need more, he replies exaltedly, “No debts! Never borrow! Something of freedom’s lost —and something of beauty, too — from a home that’s founded on borrowing and debt” (Ibsen 1711). He evidently thinks that the independence of someone has its base in the economic solvency. The second element is the steadiness that riches cause in their daily life. The attitude in which Helmer talks about his new job is interesting, he says to Nora, “It’s so gratifying to know that one’s gotten a safe, secure job, and with a comfortable salary” (Ibsen 1712), Helmer words reflect that his happiness relays on the assurance of material things. Therefore, both elements reflect again the Marxist tenet that relationships are undermined by economic
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