Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

556 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
Some may say that Hedda Gabler is a perfect example of twisted femininity because she despartely wanted to be in control and was an asset to Lovborg’s death. She despised being Tesman’s wife and manipulated people for no apparent reason except for her own personal gain. Undermining her husband with her coldness, denying her pregnancy, destroying Thea's life-work, burning Lovborg's manuscript, and committing suicide are all the attempts she made to try and satisfy her thrist for life. Hedda was not the only character who invoked the theme of manipulation. Hedda and the judge were one in the same. He used what he knew about Hedda’s contributions to Lovborg’s death to keep her under his thumb. Hedda cannot accept this solution to her problem, therefore killing herself. Hedda did this not out of spite for Judge Brack, but out of desperation for her freedom. She manipulated people not out of total hatred, but for the satisfaction of knowing that she had some control over someone else’s life. Once that control was gone, her desperation led to her death Another theme that is presented within the play is the struggle for power. Hedda believes that the power to determine when and how one dies is the ultimate freedom, and is the only real control that an individual has in life. Hedda wanted to see Lovborg have a beautiful and glorious death. When she discovers that he died in a whore house on accident, her only option left is to kill herself if she wants to see a beautiful death.

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