Sharing Nora's craving for freedom and Mrs. Alving's compliance with social conventions, Hedda finds no outlet for her personal demands; she is constantly torn between her aimless desire for freedom and her commitment to standards of social appearance. Refusing to submit to her womanly destiny, Hedda has such an unsatisfied craving for life that she is incapable of being emotionally involved with others. When Nora Helmer recognized her own unsatisfied needs, she left her husband and children.
She is the daughter of General Gabler. Despite George's presumed rivalry with Eilert over Hedda, he remains a congenial and compassionate host, and even plans to return Eilert's manuscript after Eilert loses it in a drunken stupor.
Juliana Juliane Tesman — George's loving aunt who has raised him since early childhood. In an earlier draft Ibsen named her Mariane Rising, clearly after his own aunt father's younger half-sister and godmother Mariane Paus who grew up with Ibsen's father on the stately farm Rising near Skien; while she was later renamed Juliane Tesman, her character was modelled after Mariane Paus.
Nervous and shy, Thea is in an unhappy marriage. Judge Brack — An unscrupulous family friend. Eilert was once in love with Hedda. Bertha Berte — A servant of the Tesmans.
Plot[ edit ] Title page of the author's manuscript of Hedda Gabler Hedda, the daughter of an aristocratic and enigmatic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania now Oslo from her honeymoon.
Her husband is George Tesman, a young, aspiring, and reliable but not brilliant academic who continued his research during their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but married him because she thinks her years of youthful abandon are over.
It is also suggested that she may be pregnant. Eilert, a writer, is also a recovered alcoholic who has wasted his talent until now. Thanks to a relationship with Hedda's old schoolmate, Thea Elvsted who has left her husband for himEilert shows signs of rehabilitation and has just published a bestseller in the same field as George.
When Hedda and Eilert talk privately together, it becomes apparent that they are former lovers. The critical success of his recently published work makes Eilert a threat to George, as Eilert is now a competitor for the university professorship George had been counting on.
George and Hedda are financially overstretched, and George tells Hedda that he will not be able to finance the regular entertaining or luxurious housekeeping that she had been expecting. Upon meeting Eilert, however, the couple discover that he has no intention of competing for the professorship, but rather has spent the last few years working on what he considers to be his masterpiece, the "sequel" to his recently published work.
Apparently jealous of Thea's influence over Eilert, Hedda hopes to come between them. Despite his drinking problem, she encourages Eilert to accompany George and his associate, Judge Brack, to a party. George returns home from the party and reveals that he found the complete manuscript the only copy of Eilert's great work, which the latter lost while drunk.
George is then called away to his aunt's house, leaving the manuscript in Hedda's possession. When Eilert next sees Hedda and Thea, he tells them that he has deliberately destroyed the manuscript.
Thea is mortified, and it is revealed that it was the joint work of Eilert and herself. Hedda says nothing to contradict Eilert or to reassure Thea. After Thea has left, Hedda encourages Eilert to commit suicide, giving him a pistol that had belonged to her father. She then burns the manuscript and tells George she has destroyed it to secure their future.
When the news comes that Eilert has indeed killed himself, George and Thea are determined to try to reconstruct his book from Eilert's notes, which Thea has kept.
Hedda is shocked to discover from Judge Brack that Eilert's death, in a brothel, was messy and probably accidental; this "ridiculous and vile" death contrasts with the "beautiful and free" one that Hedda had imagined for him. Worse, Brack knows the origins of the pistol. He tells Hedda that if he reveals what he knows, a scandal will likely arise around her.
Hedda realizes that this places Brack in a position of power over her. Leaving the others, she goes into her smaller room and shoots herself in the head.
The others in the room assume that Hedda is simply firing shots, and they follow the sound to investigate. The play ends with George, Brack, and Thea discovering her body.
Critical interpretation[ edit ] Joseph Wood Krutch makes a connection between Hedda Gabler and Freudwhose first work on psychoanalysis was published almost a decade later. In Krutch's analysis, Gabler is one of the first fully developed neurotic female protagonists of literature.
Her aims and her motives have a secret personal logic of their own. She gets what she wants, but what she wants is not anything that normal people would acknowledge at least, not publicly to be desirable. One of the significant things that such a character implies is the premise that there is a secret, sometimes unconscious, world of aims and methods — one might almost say a secret system of values — that is often much more important than the rational one.
Ibsen was interested in the then-embryonic science of mental illness and had a poor understanding by present-day standards.The entire play takes place in the Tesman's living room and in a smaller room to its side.
Jürgen Tesman and Hedda Tesman (nee Hedda Gabler) are newlyweds. They have just returned from a six-month honeymoon. Hedda is aristocratic and hard to please.
Throughout the play, it becomes apparent that Hedda is pregnant. Placed in similar crises as previous Ibsen heroines, Hedda Gabler faces an impasse in her life. Sharing Nora's craving for freedom and Mrs. Alving's compliance with social conventions, Hedda finds no outlet for her personal demands; she is constantly torn between her aimless desire for freedom and.
It remains a question, however, whether Hedda Gabler is a feminist play. Many critics and audiences have identified it as such; many of Hedda’s constraints are unquestionably the result of being female amid the pressures and expectations of patriarchal society.
Hedda Gabler has and always will be a notoriously challenging character both to the reader and to the actress. After its debut in , George Bernard Shaw commented on the complexity of Hedda’s character in a letter to her first incarnation in Elizabeth Robbins.
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