There are several facades through which the character of Hedda Gabler could be examined. From one angle, she could be seen as a manipulative and wicked individual who sought to create mayhem. On other angle, she could be seen as a smart individual who can get people to go in the direction she wants. In an other spectrum, she could be seen as an insatiable individual who wants things to go her way all the time. Yet, in another light, she can be seen as a rebellious person in her generation.
However, in todays terms, she can be said to be a paragon of freedom and an ideal model for a feminist activist who desires to further the rights of women. This paper examines the character of Hedda Gabler into detail. It evaluates her manipulative behavior and her need for control. The paper argues about the main traits and character identity of Hedda Gabler from the significant and key events in the play. Critique of Heddas Reactions to Events Several incidents in the play give different views and opinions about Hedda. In Act 1, George announces that Hedda requires things to be done in style otherwise they need not be done at all.
This shows that Hedda has a strong tendency for domineering attitudes which makes it difficult for her to be pleased. She also complained about the window the Georges Aunty had left opened. This shows her insatiable attitude and ungrateful nature towards people who try to help her. In her conversation with Mrs. Elvsted, Hedda prefers to use other names rather than her husbands surname or Mrs. Tesman. She goes on to criticize Mrs.
Elvsteds marriage and show that marriage is not of such a high regard to her. This shows her tendency towards feminist traits and ideas. She also shows her boredom in marriage and desire to live a more adventurous life. In her relationship with her husband and Judge Brack, Hedda gives straightforward answers that seem to challenge their authorities as leaders in that generation. In cases where her husband is being degraded before Lovborg, Hedda seem to be in support of the challenge placed upon her husband. This shows that she is not really loyal or committed to the relationship.
This is reflected in her insistence on the name Gabler rather than Tesman. During the conversation with Lovborg, she uses the phrase “me and Tesman” which Lovborg corrects as “Tesman and you”. This shows her contempt for the marriage. Also, their conversation comes with some elements of infidelity and past love affairs. Hedda has a strong ability to dare people into doing things that they will normally not do.
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