Essay about Themes in Hedda Gabler

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Hedda Gabler According to John T. Shipley, Hedda Gabler "…presents no social theme" (333). He asserts this argument with evidence that the themes that are presented in the play are of no importance with relevance to the time period it was written. Although John R. Shipley might have a prevalent argument, the social topics that are presented in Hedda Gabler are timeless and are present even in today’s world as they were long before the time of Hedda Gabler. Therefore, Mr. John T. Shipley is mistaken when stating that there is a lack of social themes in Hedda Gabler because issues such as “bourgeoisie” versus aristocracy, social class, public image, scandal, and gender sexuality flood the entire plot of the play. The character of…show more content…
...There's every chance that in time he could still make a name for himself. ...It was certainly more than my other admirers were willing to do for me, Judge." (Wingard1185). Hedda needed someone to support her financially, and George Tesman was the only decent man to propose to her. She was forced to cross beneath her social class and marry this commoner in the hopes that he would make a name for himself as a professor. As for love, Hedda disgustedly comments to Judge Brack, "Ugh, don't use that syrupy word!" Rather than having become a happy newlywed who has found true love; "Hedda is trapped in a marriage of convenience" (Shipley 445). Hedda was raised a lady of the upper class, and as such she regards her beauty with high esteem. This is, in part, the reason she strongly denies the pregnancy for so long. A pregnancy will force her to gain weight and lose her womanly figure. Hedda has grown accustomed to her many admirers, therefore, Hedda is agitated and embarrassed when George says to Aunt Julie, "But have you noticed how plump and buxom she's grown? How much she's filled out on the trip?" (Wingard 1172). "I'm exactly as I was when I left," insists Hedda (Ibsen 1172). To Hedda, pregnancy is a curse. It will make her unattractive, and she will no longer be the talk of the town. For a lady who has been forced to depend on her beauty to attract a suitable husband, and feels she has failed at that, this is a serious threat. In Act II, Judge Brack
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