Hedda Gabler : The Quest For Equality

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Hedda Gabler: The Quest for Equality
Hedda Gabler was written by Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright who focused heavily on individual freedom, along with cultural impact, and more specifically the middle class. The play was originally published in 1890 and premiered in Germany a year later. Hedda Gabler provides its audience with a stimulating theme that is frequently debated, along with dramatic dialogue and distinct realism. Ibsen’s descriptive use of stage directions presents an accurate portrayal of middle class life in the late 1800s. Hedda, the protagonist of the play, embodies the quest of the new woman and the overwhelming desire to be independent of man’s authority, and Ibsen uses her character, along with a mixture of dialogue and ceremonial items, to symbolize the unequal liberty between genders. The story centers on Hedda’s dissatisfaction as a newlywed, prey to the societal principles of a patriarchy. Her tragic actions allow the audience to recognize the psychosomatic results of the distress placed upon her by means of the societal expectations placed upon women during her time. Hedda Gabler opens the door to a brilliant controversy and gives way to a new idea of independence in gender, causing one to question what the dominant gender is. Ibsen brilliantly ties all of these elements together and presents a unique theme that portrays displeasure and a hunger for power over the opposing gender. Hedda Gabler can be argued as not merely a work of art and

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