How could I write an essay on materialism in A Doll's House?

Materialism in A Doll's House manifests in Torvald Helmer's desire for more money, possessions, and outward signs of success, including having an image of the perfect wife in Nora.

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Materialism is not as major a theme in A Doll's Houseas gender inequality, but it is an idea which runs throughout the play, intersecting with Nora's unhappiness and Torvald 's delusions. Torvald manages a bank and this occupation emphasizes how much importance he puts on money. He berates...

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Materialism is not as major a theme in A Doll's House as gender inequality, but it is an idea which runs throughout the play, intersecting with Nora's unhappiness and Torvald's delusions. Torvald manages a bank and this occupation emphasizes how much importance he puts on money. He berates his wife Nora for spending money too freely, but money and the things it can buy are a major part of the outward appearance of success that Torvald craves. Money and possession are what make Torvald proud. From his house to his position at work to the very clothes Nora wears, Torvald is obsessed with making it appear as though he has everything. His aim is to impress others with things.

Nora is somewhat the same, though she is more interested in keeping Torvald impressed until after his sickness. She claims that for a long time, she liked being a doll for Torvald to play with as he pleased, but over time, she has become unhappier about being seen as one of many possessions, a sign of Torvald's success more than a person in her own right. Nora ultimately rejects the materialism which plagues Torvald, shattering the illusion that their life together is picture-perfect.

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