Money Can't Buy Happiness

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It’s Your Choice: Money or Happiness. Although some may view money as just a material object, it is one of the few things that is used on an every day basis. Whether one has enough to spare or not, it is something that many people strive for. The possession of money and the constant struggle people face to get it is something that most certainly takes a toll on the characters of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “A Doll House.” Throughout the course of the play, it seems as if every character makes an important life decision dealing with money, which leads to be his or her tragic flaw. In Ibsen’s play, the three main characters, Nora, Mrs. Linde, and Krogstad all equally demonstrate how people will make insane life choices in order to obtain …show more content…
She has an epiphany and realizes that she’s truly in love with him and she should have never left him. She may be back to her old ways in only thinking about herself, but she possesses a bit more morals than Nora. All Nora cares about is herself and her money, while Nora finally overcomes her infatuation with money. Contrary to both Nora and Mrs. Linde, Krogstad faces a different type of choice that he must make which also has to do with money. He is in much of a struggle and realizes that he needs money and will go to extremes to obtain it. Krogstad is so desperate that he begins to blackmail Norah, threatening to tell her secret if she doesn’t guarantee him his position at the bank. Although he is money hungry as well, he is doing it out of necessity. All three characters come to the realization that money cannot buy happiness. They each made the fundamental choice of happiness rather than wealth. Although Helmer continuously gave Nora money, she realized the she was just putting on a façade, and she wasn’t truly happy. Mrs. Linde originally married her rich husband for the money, and realized that after he passed she was not happy. She may have been happy while she had it, but the effect was mildly temperate. Krogstad came to the conclusion that the money isn’t something to ruin someone’s life over. At first, he was trying to blackmail Nora because he was only thinking of himself, but what he soon came to realize was that he didn’t

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