Hedda Gabler Essay

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The mind and mental processes can affect and shape human behavior. Some of the subtlest actions are outcomes of a person’s emotion, treatment, and provide underlying messages unknowingly exhibited and communicated. This occurs internally and is exposed through accidental or unintentional conduct. Hedda Gabler is an affluent European woman living a life of nobility and service. Pampered and easily neglected by her companions, she is unfulfilled by the amount of praise she receives in her household. Her strange and awkward behavior reveals the lack of foundation in her marriage. In Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen uses stage directions to portray Hedda as a furtively vexatious, manipulative, and discontented woman trapped in marriage and in doing…show more content…
The judicious actions foreshadow disaster. Having no control over their relationship, she maximizes this opportunity of diverting his life. Although she is conservative, she also tries pushing the boundaries by continually being discontented, as opposed to what is expected of women during that era, and thus she is a victim of society. Her curiosity towards the outside world is a result of her being trapped indoors and explains her jealousy towards Lövborg, Thea or anybody who has freedom. Hedda withholds and controls her emotions; nonetheless this gives the audience an impression that she is mysterious and secretive. Similarly, she longs to manipulate others due to her lack of independence. Forcing her to stay for a cup of tea, Hedda “drags Mrs. Elvsted almost by main force towards the archway” (Ibsen). Blatantly rude, she belittles Thea physically and almost sadistically, making the latter feel powerless and trapped to release her anger and to use this as a replacement for the dissatisfaction in life. Her mind and demeanor is thus an outcome of her past. Hoping to gain attention to substitute her isolation and emptiness, she automatically responds bitterly. Lacking dominance, she reciprocates physically for authority over Mrs. Elvsted’s fate. When Brack visits, she greets him by “raising and aiming the pistol” (Ibsen 35). Envying his ability to determine others’ destiny as a lawyer, she imagines deciding that of his for a moment. The pistol

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