Money Talks

         Henrik Ibsen wrote his book A Doll's House in 1879. In 1973, Joseph Losey directed his movie based around this book, which will be discussed. Nora, played by Jane Fonda, is the main female character in the filmed play. Nora has had the issues of money and forgery ruin her life. Nora forged her dead father's signature to get a loan to save her sick husband's life by taking him to Italy for the winter. The filmed play revolves around her struggle with her fear of being found out by her husband, Torvald, who is played by David Warner. Her values change as the story progresses. At first, it appears that Nora values money and the status that it brings, but eventually Nora realizes that the only way she will be able to live with what she has done is to tell the truth and be able to be happy with herself.

         From the start of the play, we see that Nora's entire focus is on money. When Torvald asks her what she wants for Christmas, she tells him, "You could give me money, Torvald." Her carefree way of handling money disturbs her husband. He wants to make her happy, but he is not able to give her money off of his money tree, which is nonexistent. He of course does not know about the loan at first. To him and the audience, it appears that she is just throwing her money away hopelessly.

         As the filmed play moves on, we learn why Nora cannot seem to manage money very well. She is trying to pay back the loan to Krogstad Edward Fox) without her husband finding out about it. Unfortunately, he does find out when Krograd reveals her secret to try to save his job at the bank to which Torvald is to be the manager. Then, Nora finds out that valuing money for the wrong reasons does not bring happiness. While we do not know what happens to Nora after she decides to leave the security of her husband, we have an idea that she will end up working hard just to survive. She will learn the true value of money, and she will learn how much good and bad it can do for a person.

Lauren Cline

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