Medea and Hedda Gabler

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The materialistic wants of people often lead them to act in imprudent ways. This is especially true in the cases of Jason and George Tesman, main characters from the plays of Medea and Hedda Gabler, who display the folly of blindly adhering to aesthetic standards. (In this essay, an aesthetic standard is the placement of value on worldly goods and sensationalistic feeling). Acting on such a standard creates a tunnel vision that limits one’s thoughts and prevents one from seeing anything other than that which is directly beneficial. This tunnel vision inhibits Jason and George Tesman from perceiving reality as it is and holds them captive to their own specious view of events. Furthermore, it negatively affects their lives as well as those…show more content…
This suggests Tesman views Hedda to be a “trophy wife”, one whom he can proudly display around town, and that he chose to marry her for this purpose rather than for reasons of love. Moreover, Tesman goes on to say that he has “several good friends…who would like to stand in my shoes” (Ibsen 4). One might extrapolate from this statement that Tesman was in a competition for Hedda and he cherished having won the race, outdoing others along the way. Both Tesman and Jason succumb to the blinding power of aesthetic standards. They are unable to see the potentially deleterious consequences of their actions. Jason, infatuated with his lie and desire for higher social status, does not perceive Medea’s forthcoming passionate revenge, and George, stuck to ambiguous thoughts and material wants, cannot imagine the extent to which Hedda is controlling their marriage. Blindfolded by their acquisitive nature, the characters fail to see that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the train of their demise. The actual consequences of the characters decisions are far worse than either can imagine. In response to Jason’s deceitfulness, Medea concocts a horrific plan to kill his newly-wedded bride, father-in-law, and two children. When all is done, only a few survivors remain. Although Jason is among those spared, his misery is great. In grief, he reveals his short-sightedness, caused by an insatiable thirst for power, cost him immensely: “You hateful

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