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Embodiment Of Free Will In Helge Rononig's Hedda Gabler

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In the whole play, Hedda seems as an embodiment of free will. She has firmly believed on self- created happiness and peace of mind, if that happiness costs destruction of other’s life. She is of the view that despite all the worldly pressures on an individual, the purpose of life is to attain power and authority over oneself. By following her ideology of life, she manipulates other people who are around her in order to find fleeting moments of peace, but her last act has turned everything into topsy-turvy and leads her life towards a tragic conclusion. Hedda encounters that instead of trapping others into her woven maze, she herself has entrapped in that web, where there is no escape. Hedda laments over her short-sighted plans and regrets…show more content…
Helge Ronnig states about the play as Hedda Gabler's tragedy is summed up in such words that freedom cannot be availed within the already constructed framework of the society, from which hedda belongs.
Hedda's behavior bases on her identification of being an indifferent person. She lacks in exposing her true and real-self to society and does not keep honest relations.
Her affairs before marriage as with LOEVBORG,HER EXTRA-MARITAL AFFAIR as with Judge brack, and her hindrance towards accepting her maternity, depicts many of her fears.
The thought of the scandal haunts her the most. She fears of losing control of her surroundings, and the fear of her own body being dominated by other people inculcates in her conscious. She gets afraid of losing her higher social rank in the society and the fear of not fulfilling her desires and even her projections surrounds her everywhere.
In the course of play “slip of tongue” occurs on the part of Hedda. Slip of tongue, pen and dreams are the only visible act but behind them there are big role of consciousness. As described by Freud, a topographical model of mind by using the analogy of an “ice
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