Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

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The play “Hedda Gabler” revolves around the life of a socially deprived woman living in the late 1800s. Hedda Gabbler’s crippled emotionally draining life is the epicenter of the entire body of work. As Ibsen wrote of Hedda’s emotional state and life he revealed the distinct role women played in the late nineteenth century. Manipulation and the reputation of the protagonist, Hedda Gabler reveals the message Henrik Ibsen was trying to send out. Hedda Gabler lived in a world of repressed feelings and dissatisfaction to say the least. She wanted what was utterly unattainable to her. Hedda wanted life and became extremely psychologically distressed that her own reality began to not matter. Life became an idea instead of a reality for her. …show more content…
The enclosed space brought about feelings of loss and worthlessness in Hedda. She felt as if the room was all she truly had, just a small space to wonder and live within. A portrait of her father, the general, hangs on the wall constantly eyeing her as if judging her. She wants out of the world she lives in yet she surrounds herself with coverage and a small space to be in at all times. She slowly creates this world of confinement within her confinement in society. She ‘nests’ and readies herself for her death as if it were the plan all along. If she were psychologically stable, this may be believable but considering that she isn’t, it’s not rational to think she knew she would die from the beginning as no rational person would kill themselves.

Hedda is extremely dominant and strong willed in many ways. She wants what she wants and doesn’t seem to ever take ‘no’ for an answer. Her relationship with Judge Brack proves this. Both characters are much more alike than either would like to admit most likely. Both are determined and domineering. While Hedda is confined to her life as a housewife and can’t control things in the outside world, she can control people, everyone except Brack that is, demonstrating their likeliness and similar demeanors and attitudes. The social boundaries thrust upon Hedda aren’t there for Brack as he is a man of society and holds power. When the two characters converse with one another Brack acts as a mentor of sorts though…