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Farnaz Falsafi English 210 1271999 Money Money Money Money Some people say that money is the root of all evil but even so it is realized that one cannot survive with out it Money is a necessity and most everyone can agree to the fact that financial security can make ones life easier The underlying theme of money plays a central role in Henrik Ibsens play A Doll House The economic theme shapes the plot of the play affects each characters behavior and decides the characters situations First in the plot reader can quickly see that it is built on economics One gets this right away when it is revealed that Helmer Noras husband has just become the new manager of a bank Not only does his new position bring in financial security but also the bank itself is a symbol of money or economy As the story progresses the reader slowly discovers the financial insecurity that the family had suffered in the past Because of the hard times Helmer was forced to find extra work and his many jobs caused him to become sick It is based on this previous economic insecurity that Ibsen develops the plot To save Helmers life Nora is forced to borrow money for a trip that he must take from an old acquaintance Krogstad The story revolves around the fact that Nora has kept her borrowing money from Krogstad and slowly paying off her debt monthly an incredible secret from Helmer Noras secrecy creates an air of tension in the play But thats the point he mustnt know My Lord cant you understand He mustnt ever know Meyer 1572 In the end economic matters also add to the plot Driven for the need for financial stability Nora decides to leave her husband and her family so that she may make a living on her own She realizes that she has been dependent on Helmer for
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