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Humanity in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"
Reviews the plot of Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler" to demonstrate his insight into the delicate nature of the human psyche.
# 152096 | 1,130 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2012 in Drama and Theater (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper first stresses that, through powerful characterization, Henrik Ibsen in his play "Hedda Gabler" points out the painful and destructive nature of disenchanted individuals. Next, the author follows the characters of Hedda, Thea, Tesman and Lovborg Ibsen through the story that also emphasizes the importance of loyalty and the nobility of women. The paper concludes that the reason that Hedda burned the manuscript, which meant so much to Thea and Lovborg, without any remorse whatsoever, is because she cannot find happiness.

From the Paper:

"Hedda realizes the difference between her and Thea and has always been put off by it. Thea saves Lovborg from himself. He stops drinking and living a wild life because of her influence. Hedda cannot simply be happy for him. However, the interesting thing here is that she never had the capacity to rescue Lovborg from himself. Thea leaves her husband and Hedda, ever concerned with appearances, cannot help but wonder what people will say about a woman so willingly defying society's norms. Hedda may believe that no one does such things but she is secretly jealous that Thea has the nerve to do them anyway. Hedda recognizes this kind of freedom because she does not possess it herself. She does not have the open, giving relationship with Tesman she desires. In fact, she has very little that she wants from this life and Thea's presence only makes this fact clearer to her. Hedda is neurotic her life is a tragedy. The sad thing is that it was a tragedy she could have avoided had she enough strength to do so.
"Ibsen equips Eilert Lovborg to become Tesman's enemy indirectly. He has the drive and determination that Tesman lacks. Tesman enjoys "grubbing around in libraries and making copies of old parchments.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Smith, Christopher. "Hedda Gabler: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resource Center. Web. 18 Mar. 2010.
  • Isben, Henrik. Hedda Gabler. Three Plays by Ibsen. New York: Dell Publishing Company, Inc. 1963.

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