Henrik Ibsen 's Hedda Gabler

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A True Narcissist in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler Within Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler the protagonist pushes the boundaries of what people are able to do and get away with. Some may consider Hedda to be a true romantic longing for a little excitement but beneath the mask behind which she hides, lies a truly selfish and arrogant woman. Hedda Tesman’s dark personallity can be easily observed within her interactions with her husband George Tesman and his aunt Juliana Tesman. Hedda treats her husband very poorly and constantly brings him down. George’s wife never shows any sign of affection towards him and is incapable of empathizing with him. The inability to empathize with others can be easily associated with narcissism. When George wishes to show Hedda his slippers she can’t even be bothered to take a look and cares not for his feelings. Hedda always wants more from her husband. When George is worried about Eilert competing for his post all Hedda can think about are the horse and butler she won’t be given. In her dealings with Miss Tesman, Hedda almost purposefully intends to hurt her. Hedda intentionally mistakes aunt Julia’s hat to be the maid’s which comes to hurt the poor aunt very badly, however she comes to forgive Hedda quite quickly, General Gabler’s daughter is simply allowed to get away with things like these. When she later, tells of the incident to Judge Brack, Hedda explains her behaviour by saying: “these impulses just suddenly come over me, and I can’t resist

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