Hedda Gabler Essay

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Hedda Gabler       Hedda Gabler is a more modern tragic figure. Like Job, she has gone through pain and suffering. Just as many of the Greek tragic figures and Job confront their Gods, Hedda Gabler confronts the controlling forces in her life. She needs control and in order for her to gain control over her life she commits suicide and does it beautifully to fulfill her romantic quest. It is implied, though never clearly stated, that Hedda grew up without a female influence. Her father who was a General raised her around guns. She was socialized to be more violent than lady-like. Hedda, as all women in her time, was restricted by society. She married Tesman because that was expected of her. She had no way of…show more content…
Thea was satisfied with being Lovborg's secretary and inspiration. Thea had put her whole soul into the manuscript and looked at it as her child. When Lovborg tells Thea that he has destroyed his life, he also tells her he destroyed the manuscript. Thea looked at it as him killing their child. Hedda makes a comment about Lovborg being heartless for destroying the manuscript when Thea had put her whole soul into it. It is ironic since she is going to be the heartless one that destroys the manuscript and Lovborg's life. Hedda burns the manuscript. She wants to destroy all life and this is Lovborg and Thea's life. This is tragic because Lovborg and Page 3 Thea suffers the loss of this "child" they had created. Hedda now feels like she is gaining control over something. She influences Lovborg to commit suicide. Hedda wants things to be beautiful and romantic and asks him to kill himself beautifully. When Hedda finds out that he is dead, she asks if he shot himself in the temple. Lovborg had shot himself in the bowels, which is the worst place for him to shoot and die beautifully. Society said women were only good for bringing life into the world and raising it properly. Hedda wanted nothing to do with life and so in the view of society, she was a waste. Hedda's purpose was to bring life into this world. She denied the idea of being pregnant. She had an inability to create life. She even went as far as to destroy it. By

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