Character Analysis of Hedda from Henrik Ibesen's Hedda Gabler

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Character Analysis of Hedda from Henrik Ibesen's Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler portrays the life of a young newlywed woman named

Hedda and her attemps to overpower the people around her. Ibsen succsessfully depicts the

very masculine traits that Hedda displays throughout the play with not wanting to conform to

the feminine ways or the accepted stereotypes of her gender in her society. Hedda's marriage

to her husband, Mr. Tesman, only increases her desire for power because it is a constant re-

minder that she now "belongs" to Mr. Tesman which Hedda resents. Hedda considers her life

to be boring and finds solace in playing with her father's pistols, which is considered not a thing

for a
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Mr. Tesman assures her

that he will do all he can. Hedda, on the other hand, has a feeling Mrs. Elvsted is covering

something up and insist that Tesman go write him and invite him over. Now that she is alone

with Mrs. Elvsted she convinces her to confide in her the truth about her and Lovborg: Hedda-

"Why, weren't we schoolfellows?" Thea- "Yes, but you were in a class above me. Oh, how

dreadfully afraid of you I was then!" Hedda- "Afraid of me?"(Act I). Once Hedda finds out about

the true feelings involved, she plans to use it against Thea to destroy their comradeship. Mean-

while, as Hedda waits for her visitors to arrive she plans to occupy her time with her fathers

pistols, which frightens most :Hedda- "Well, I shall have one thing at least to kill time with in

the meanwhile" Tesman- "Oh thank heaven for that! What is it, Hedda?" Hedda- "My pistols,

George, General Gabler's pistols" Tesman- "No, for heavens sake, Hedda darling-do not touch

those dangerous things! For my sake Hedda!"(Act I).

At the begining of Act II Hedda is visited by Judge Brack, which whom she tells she has

missed his company during her long and boring trip. They begin to conversate in a flirtatious

manner with one another as she begins telling him the true nature of her marriage to Mr.

Tesman, that it is just

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