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Hedda Gabler PLAY ANALYSIS PROJECT By Jennifer Hazel THE 150 December 8, 2004 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler PHASE ONE: OVERVIEW First Impressions: I am amazed by the character of Hedda Gabler. In her Ibsen has created a character that has such dimension! She can be so calculating and cruel, traits she is fully aware of. Yet, these seem to be her way of rebelling against the mold she is being pressed to fit. She craves the freedoms the men in her society have. She seems trapped by her gender, her pregnancy closing the trap door even tighter. The moment Miss Tesman kisses Hedda‟s head is a moving moment. Not because the older woman is expressing emotion, but because the expression of the motion brings Hedda‟s vulnerable side to the surface. I actually caught myself feeling sorry for her when she discovers that Loevborg botches the job by ruining his career in a drunken brawl. In him was a chance to “shape a man‟s destiny,” a destiny that can not belong to a woman. For her, suicide was doing what men do, she creates her own destiny. Judge Brack is what Hedda would be if she were a man. He lives a gloriously free life in which he never has to marry and will never be penalized for that. I found it significant that he is the person that seems to know Hedda the best. Not even Loevborg is as aware of Hedda‟s true nature as Brack is. Ibsen must want to make it clear they are the same because Brack is responsible for Hedda‟s death in the same way Hedda is responsible for Loevborg‟s death. Only, I can not manage to feel sorry for Brack because he is cruel despite the freedom he has, whereas Hedda is cruel because she does not have freedom. HAZEL 2 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler In contrast, Hedda‟s husband George lacks the sort of creativity and intelligence that I would associate with a writer and professor. And the way he says, “what?” at the end of every sentence tends to confuse me. I can not decide if that is the equivalent of “hmm?” or if he really does not have a clue what is happening around him. Also, on some level I find myself disliking him because he is so uninvolved with his own wife. It is obvious she is not happy. All he cares about is Hedda is a fabulous acquisition, a piece of property that elevates his position among other men. He does not even relate to her as his wife, as Mrs. Tesman. Of course, that is the point of the play being called Hedda Gabler. She is this mythical creature that is praised, but out of reach. Hedda is a golden statue of a woman others adore. Another point of confusion is Loevborg‟s relationship to Mrs. Elvsted‟s husband. When he becomes angry he spouts out about the husband sending her to bring him back because the husband missed him “back in his office. Or did he miss my companionship at the card-table?” Does that mean Loevborg was having an affair with Mr. Elvsted? As for Mrs. Elvsted and the other two women in the play (Bertha and Miss Tesman), I find them to be purposefully dull characters. They each represent one of the three options Hedda has in life; be a wife, spinster, or domestic worker. All of them are powerless. Not to say they are weak, they just truly lack status as individuals. Though I enjoy this place because I find it intriguing, no one character reminds me of myself. I live in a time when I enjoy many of the freedoms that Hedda could not. Even if society would prefer I conform to a certain mold, I can choose not to. Because of HAZEL 3 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler the freedoms I enjoy I am see myself as being more of a Hedda-George-Miss Tesman combination. I am an independent woman who has no desire to become a mother (at least not yet), wants to become a professor, and idolizes her brother‟s son. PHASE TWO: ANALYSIS 1. The location of the play is not specified and is fictional, though very much inspired by London or similar Western European cities. I say this because the house once belonged to the prime minister. The setting is always the drawing room of the Tesman villa. 2. CHART I: TIME AND LOCALE Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen Scene Location Time Other Act One Drawing room of Tesman 1890 Autumn; morning after George villa. and Hedda return from honeymoon. Act Two Drawing room of Tesman 1890 Autumn; afternoon after George villa. and Hedda return from honeymoon. Act Drawing room of Tesman 1890 Autumn; second morning after Three villa. George and Hedda return from honeymoon. Act Four Drawing room of Tesman 1890 Autumn; second evening after villa. George and Hedda return from honeymoon. HAZEL 4 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler 3. CHART 2: CHARACTER Character Gender, Function Major actions/decisions Major Textual comments/Use of Age, relationships language Race, etc. Hedda Female, 29, Protagonist Convinces husband to invite Loevborg -Wife of George Speaks with confidence, Gabler white, upper to their home. -Former lover of uses words instead of middle class, Goads Loevborg to attend Brack‟s party. Loevborg‟s weapons (usually). Aloof, housewife Burns Loevborg‟s book. -Former schoolmate cool, and poised. Beautiful Gives Loevborg the pistol. of Mrs. Elvsted with thin, auburn hair. Kills herself. -object of Brack‟s attentions George Male, 33, Antagonist Marries Hedda. -Hedda‟s husband Speaks without conviction Tesman white, middle (CG notes, Gets Hedda the former Prime Minister‟s -Former suitor of (“what” at end of class, has a not really house. Mrs. Elvsted sentences). Gains doctorate the Invites Loevborg to his house. -Former friend of achievements through the degree antagonist) Gives Hedda the book and leaves to see Loevborg. actions of others. Boyish aunt. -Nephew of Miss appearance. Attempts to reconstruct book Tesman. Mrs. Female, 26 or Contrast to Tracks and follows Loevlborg to town. -Hedda‟s former Speaks nervously, confides Elvsted 27, white, Hedda Arrives at Tesman villa to ask for help. schoolmate too much in Hedda. She is middle class, (CG notes: Begins reconstruction book with -George‟s former naïve. Dependent on housewife confidante George. sweetheart others. Pretty and fair character) -Loevborg‟s featured. mistress HAZEL 5 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Character Gender, Function Major actions/decisions Major Textual comments/Use of Age, relationships language Race, etc. Eilbert Male, 33, white, Set events Writes a book -former beau of Speaks passionately, Loevborg lower middle into motion Comes to Tesman villa Hedda‟s acknowledges his own class, tutor that lead to Competes for professor job against -former friend of feelings and the feelings of Hedda‟s George George‟s others. “Haggard looking”. undoing Goes to Brack‟s party -lover of Mrs. Gets in a drunken brawl Elvsted Loses book Shoots self Dies Judge Male, 45, white, (CG notes: Proposes a love triangle to Hedda -former friend of Speaks with the words of an Brack middle class, Primary Invites Loevborg to his party Hedda‟s father educated man. Dresses too judge antagonist) Informs the others of Loevborgs -friend of Hedda young for his age. Uses Reminder shooting and George words as a weapon. to Hedda of Tries to blackmail Hedda over her what she pistol can not become HAZEL 6 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler 4. Before the play began there relationships were formed that influence the action of the play. Judge Brack was a friend of Hedda‟s fathers, George courted Mrs. Elvsted, and Hedda was romantically linked to Loevborg. George was orphaned and raised by his aunts, one of which has been an invalid for quite some time. As he grew older he had a falling out with Loevborg and gained a doctorate degree in another country. Mrs. Elvsted, once a schoolmate of Hedda‟s, was treated meanly by the older girl. Hedda‟s father has died, as well. For the six months directly leading up to the opening scene of Hedda Gabler Hedda and George have been on their honeymoon. During this time George has collected research for a book he plans on writing. 5. The function of the character of Hedda Gabler is to expose the inequality between men and women during the era in which the play was written and to explore the effects this inequality could have. She serves as a heroine struggling against an unjust social structure. George Tesman is the antagonist to Hedda‟s protagonist. He is a man of lower status, intelligence, and creativity. Yet he is able to do things that Hedda is socially forbidden to do. Because he is not a great man she will not be able to be a successful woman; she will not be able to propel him into greatness. HAZEL 7 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Judge Brack is a male version of Hedda in that he shares the same social circle, same shrewd speech, and same patronizing view of George‟s work. However, Brack is everything that Hedda is not allowed to become. He is of middle age without a spouse or children and has a career. Eilbert Loevborg is present to send events into motion that will ultimately lead to the demise of Hedda‟s dreams and life. By returning to Hedda‟s life he forced her to see the harsh truths of reality. He was not a poetic being living an adventurous life. He was a failure that could not live up to her expectations. She would not be able to gain satisfaction by helping to shape a great destiny for him. When she comes to understand this she then works at destroying him so that she might, yet, be able to shape George‟s destiny after all. Unfortunately, George is so focused on continuing Loevborg‟s journey to greatness Hedda becomes totally defeated as a woman. After all, a woman is only as great as the man she stands behind. Mrs. Elvsted serves to contrast Hedda. Even though she does not have biological children, she served as mother to Mr. Elvsted‟s children. And she is dependent on men to take care of her. She needs George to help reach Loevborg, she needs Loevborg to feel complete, and she needed her husband to complete her role in society. Her child-like dependency is accentuated by her running away as well. Pretty and timid, she is not a frigid woman as is Hedda. Miss Tesman and Bertha represent the other two socially acceptable choices Hedda would have available to her; spinster and domestic worker. There is actually a third, that of prostitute, but Danielle‟s profession was not a publicly acceptable one in society. HAZEL 8 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler 6. Hedda and Judge Brack speak with confidence and their dialogue is laced with innuendo. They avoid saying specific things about affairs and suicide, but the meaning is there. Miss Tesman and Mrs. Elvsted speak of “womanly” things; children, home-life, and love. Both women are also nervous speakers worried about what they have said. They also praise men for their success in their professions and idolize the men for that. Bertha‟s speech is common and full of contracted words. Loevborg‟s words are rooted in emotion and George‟s words are muddled with „what‟. CHART 3: FRENCH SCENE CHART Act: Page Fr. George Hedda Miss Mrs. Judge Eilert Bertha Sc. Sc. Tesman Tesman Elvsted Brack Loevborg I-I 374 1 X X I-I 375 2 X X X I-I 376 3 X X I-I 378 4 X X X I-I 379 5 X I-I 379 6 X X I-I 380 7 X X X I-I 380 8 X X X X I-I 380 9 X X X I-I 382 10 X X I-I 384 11 X X X I-I 385 12 X X X X HAZEL 9 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Act: Page Fr. George Hedda Miss Mrs. Judge Eilert Bertha Sc. Sc. Tesman Tesman Elvsted Brack Loevborg I-I 385 13 X X X X X I-I 385 14 X X X X I-I 385 15 X X I-I 386 16 X X X I-I 387 17 X X I-I 382 18 X II-I 387 19 X II-I 387 20 X X II-I 388 21 X X II-I 389 22 X X X II-I 390 23 X X II-I 392 24 X X X II-I 392 25 X X X X II-I 392 26 X X X II-I 392 27 X X X X II-I 393 28 X X X X X II-I 393 29 X X X X II-I 394 30 X X X X X II-I 394 31 X X X X II-I 394 32 X X X X II-I 394 33 X X X X II-I 395 34 X X X X II-I 395 35 X X X X II-I 395 36 X X X X II-I 396 37 X X X X X HAZEL 10 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Act: Page Fr. George Hedda Miss Mrs. Judge Eilert Bertha Sc. Sc. Tesman Tesman Elvsted Brack Loevborg II-I 396 38 X X X X X II-I 398 39 X X X X X II-I 398 40 X X X II-I 398 41 X X II-I 399 42 X X X II-I 399 43 X X III-I 399 44 X X III-I 399 45 X X X III-I 399 46 X X III-I 400 47 X III-I 400 48 X X III-I 400 49 X III-I 400 50 X X III-I 402 51 X X X III-I 402 52 X X III-I 402 53 X X X III-I 402 54 X X III-I 404 55 X III-I 404 56 X X III-I 404 57 X X X III-I 405 58 X X III-I 406 59 X IV-I 406 60 X IV-I 406 61 IV-I 406 62 X HAZEL 11 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Act: Page Fr. George Hedda Miss Mrs. Judge Eilert Bertha Sc. Sc. Tesman Tesman Elvsted Brack Loevborg IV-I 406 63 X X IV-I 406 64 X IV-I 406 65 X X IV-I 407 66 X X X IV-I 407 67 X X IV-I 409 68 X X X IV-I 409 69 X X X X X IV-I 409 70 X X X X IV-I 411 71 X X X X IV-I 412 72 X X X X IV-I 412 73 X X X IV-I 412 74 X X X X IV-I 412 75 X X X X IV-I 413 76 X X X IV-I 413 77 X X X X IV-I 413 78 X X X IV-I 413 79 X X X IV-I 414 80 X X X X X HAZEL 12 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler 7. CHART 4: ACTION ANALYSIS OR EVENT LIST Act: Fr. CHARACTERS Beat/Action Themes/topics Sc. Sc. I-I 1 Miss Tesman, Bertha Bertha and Miss Tesman discuss Hedda Hedda is introduced and established as being part of higher society. It is revealed that George is now Dr. Tesman I-I 2 George, Miss Tesman, George makes excuses for Hedda‟s behavior Bertha is being treated more like a Bertha servant because of Hedda I-I 3 George, Miss Tesman Aunt Rena‟s health is discussed Given circumstances are presented Miss Tesman hints toward children to bring the audience current. Miss Tesman tells George she mortgaged the Hedda‟s status is established as aunts‟ annuity being higher than the Tesmans‟. George learns of Loevborg‟s book Miss Tesman shows her new hat I-I 4 George, Miss Tesman, Hedda disapproves of the preparations made Hedda reveals her icy disposition. Hedda in the room for her George is given his slippers Hedda insults Miss Tesman Hedda‟s pregnancy revealed I-I 5 Hedda Hedda paces the room with clenched fists Hedda demonstrates her inner frustration I-I 6 George, Hedda The couple discuss the season Hedda displays jealousy Hedda proposes an amends toward Miss Tesman Mrs. Elvsted is discussed Hedda mentions Loevborg I-I 7 George, Hedda, Bertha Bertha enters to announce Mrs. Elvsted I-I 8 George, Hedda, Mrs. Mr.s Elvsted enters Elvsted, Bertha Bertha exits HAZEL 13 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler I-I 9 George, Hedda, Mrs. Mrs. Elvsted explains Loevborg‟s Hedda is granted the chance to bring Elvsted transformation Loevborg back into her life Mrs. Elvsted solicits help to see that Loevborg does not digress back to his hold ways I-I 10 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted Hedda convinces Mrs. Elvsted she is a friend Hedda demonstrates her cunning Gets updated information on Loevborg I-I 11 Hedda, George, Mrs. Hedda retrieves the letter from George Elvsted I-I 12 Hedda, George, Mrs. Bertha is given the letter to send Elvsted, Bertha Bertha announces the arrival of Judge Brack I-I 13 Hedda, George, Mrs. Bertha leaves Elvsted I-I 14 Hedda, George, Mrs. Judge Brack enters Elvsted, Judge Brack Pleasantries are exchanged I-I 15 George, Judge Brack George speaks of things Hedda still wishes George can not provide for Hedda to purchase the same life she was raised with. Brack evades telling George when the appointment will be made They discuss Loevborg I-I 16 George, Judge Brack, Brack reveals Loevborg is competition for Hedda does not change her mind Hedda George for the appointment about spending money. I-I 17 George, Hedda George cuts back on the budget Hedda is repressed by her husband Hedda is told not to entertain Hedda threatens to play with her pistols I-I 18 George Pleads with wife to not play with pistols II-I 19 Hedda Plays with pistols Hedda rebels momentarily Shoots at Brack II-I 20 Hedda, Judge Brack Brack disarms Hedda HAZEL 14 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler II-I 21 Hedda, Judge Brack They settle themselves in the drawing room Hedda reveals her unhappiness. Hedda speaks of her displeasure over her circumstances Brack hints at an affair between the two of them II-I 22 Hedda, George, Judge George arrives with more research and George is planning more time from Brack Loevborg‟s book Hedda. Miss Tesman‟s refusal of dinner is relayed II-I 23 Hedda, Judge Brack Hedda reveals she really didn‟t want the Hedda refuses to acknowledge she is house pregnant. They discuss the lack of excitement in her life Brack hints toward her pregnancy II-I 24 Hedda, George, Judge Hedda speaks of Loevborg staying with her A woman can not dine alone with a Brack and Mrs. Elvsted for supper man that is not her husband. II-I 25 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha announces there is a guest Brack, Bertha II-I 26 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha leaves Brack II-I 27 Hedda, George, Judge Loevborg arrives Loevborg reenters Hedda‟s life. Brack, Loevborg Tesman welcomes Loevborg into the home Loevborg presents the book for George to read Brack invites Loevborg to join them Loevborg accepts Hedda‟s invitation II-I 28 Hedda, George, Judge Hedda gives instruction to Bertha for setting Brack, Loevborg, Bertha the table II-I 29 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha leaves the room Brack, Loevborg Loevborg reveals he will not compete with HAZEL 15 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler George II-I 30 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha sets the table for Hedda Brack, Loevborg, Bertha II-I 31 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha leaves Brack, Loevborg George expresses relief that Loevborg is not competition II-I 32 Hedda, George, Judge George and Judge Brack move to the Brack, Loevborg background Hedda shows Loevborg photographs of the honeymoon Loevborg questions her marriage to George II-I 33 Hedda, George, Judge George checks up on them to see what they Brack, Loevborg are saying/doing George offers to bring them refreshments II-I 34 Hedda, George, Judge George retreats to back room and sets Married women are faithful and do Brack, Loevborg boundaries for Loevborg not speak familiarly with other men. Brack spies on them II-I 35 Hedda, George, Judge George returns with a tray A husband serves the wife and her Brack, Loevborg Hedda reveals she forgot Mrs. Elvsted was guest. coming II-I 36 Hedda, George, Judge George returns to back room Hedda did not love Loevborg. She Brack, Loevborg Hedda and Loevborg discuss their past tries to hide her desire for life. II-I 37 Hedda, George, Judge Mrs. Elvsted interrupts Hedda and Brack, Loevborg, Loevborg‟s conversation with her arrival Bertha, Mrs. Elvsted II-I 38 Hedda, George, Judge Bertha shuts the door Hedda attempts to design Brack, Loevborg, Hedda, Loevborg, and Mrs. Elvsted speak Loevborg‟s fate Bertha, Mrs. Elvsted together while the others remain in the back room HAZEL 16 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Hedda instigates a fight between Loevborg and Mrs. Elvsted Hedda wagers Loevborg can remain in good standing throughout a night of his old ways II-I 39 Hedda, George, Judge Brack announces it is time to leave Brack, Loevborg, Mrs. Loevborg accepts the invitation to join the Elvsted men Mrs. Elvsted waits with Hedda II-I 40 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted, Bertha brings a lamp Bertha II-I 41 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted Hedda declares Loevborg will remain Hedda is crazed with the thought of steadfast shaping Loevborg‟s destiny. Façade Threatens to burn Mrs. Elvsted‟s hair of niceness falters in front of Mrs. Elvsted. II-I 42 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted, Bertha announces tea in the dining room Bertha II-I 43 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted Mrs. Elvsted asks to leave Hedda calls her an idiot III-I 44 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted Mrs. Elvsted listens for Loevborg‟s return while Hedda sleeps III-I 45 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted, Bertha brings in a letter for George Bertha Bertha puts out the lamp and offers to build a fire III-I 46 Hedda, Mrs. Elvsted Hedda wakes Hedda declares all is well, the men were just out late III-I 47 Hedda Mrs. Elvsted retires to Hedda‟s room Hedda rings for Bertha III-I 48 Hedda, Bertha Hedda tells Bertha to build a fire Hedda behaves contrary to her HAZEL 17 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler contemporaries, again. III-I 49 Hedda Adds more wood to fire III-I 50 Hedda, George George tells Hedda the book is good George gives Hedda the book. George relates the events of the previous evening George reads the letter and discovers Aunt Rena is dying III-I 51 Hedda, George, Bertha Bertha announces the arrival of Judge Brack George will not receive Brack, but Hedda will. III-I 52 Hedda, George Hedda hides the book III-I 53 Hedda, George, Judge Brack arrives A married man leaves his wife alone Brack George explains he must leave with another man. III-I 54 Hedda, Judge Brack Brack tells Hedda how horribly Loevborg Brack oppresses Hedda failed the night before Brack tells Hedda Loevborg must be kept away III-I 55 Hedda Hedda pulls the book out to look it over Again hides the book. III-I 56 Hedda. Loevborg Loevborg burst in to speak with Hedda A married woman is alone with another man. III-I 57 Hedda, Loevborg, Mrs. Mrs. Elvsted reenters at the sound of Loevborg does the honorable thing Elvsted Loevborg‟s voice for Mrs. Elvsted. Loevborg tells Mrs. Elvsted that their relationship is over and he burned the book III-I 58 Hedda, Loevborg Loevborg admits he lied to Mrs. Elvsted to Hedda arms Loevborg to do do right by her something she is not “brave” enough Loevborg insinuates he will kill himself to do. Hedda gives him one of her pistols III-I 59 Hedda Destroys book Burns the book to hurt Mrs. Elvsted and destroy the connection between HAZEL 18 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Elvsted and Loevborg. IV-I 60 Hedda Pacing drawing room Unsettled emotions bubble to the surface, again. IV-I 61 Hedda can be heard playing the piano off stage IV-I 62 Hedda Returns to the drawing room IV-I 63 Hedda, Bertha Bertha brings a lamp for the drawing room The mistress does not speak to the servant. IV-I 64 Hedda Turns from the light to look out the window Acting contrary to others. into darkness IV-I 65 Hedda, Miss Tesman Miss Tesman comes to personally inform Hedda is now Mrs. Tesman and the Hedda of her sister‟s death wife. Miss Tesman is the first person to refer to Hedda as Mrs. Tesman. IV-I 66 Hedda, George, Miss Hedda attempts to console Miss Tesman Tesman Miss Tesman mentions the pregnancy again IV-I 67 Hedda, George Hedda is annoyed with her husband Hedda remains in the background of Hedda tells George she burned the book her husband‟s life. George condemns Hedda‟s behavior She can not bring herself to tell him she is pregnant Hedda‟s actions are overlooked by George and he continues to speak of his aunt‟s happiness IV-I 68 Hedda, George, Mrs. Mrs. Elvsted comes in a panic over Hedda forbids George from going to Elvsted Loevborg being in the hospital town to check on Loevborg. IV-I 69 Hedda, George, Mrs. Judge Brack is let in by Bertha Elvsted, Bertha, Judge Brack HAZEL 19 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler IV-I 70 Hedda, George, Judge Brack relays the news Loevborg is dying of Brack, Mrs. Elvsted a self inflicted pistol wound Mrs. Elvsted informs them what Loevborg told her and Hedda about the manuscript George and Mrs. Elvsted speak of recreating the manuscript in honor of Loevborg IV-I 71 Hedda, George, Judge Brack and Hedda sit separately from the Hedda discovers the great thing she Brack, Mrs. Elvsted other two and talk of Loevborg thought she was part of did not Brack tells Hedda the entire truth of happen. She failed to help shape Loevborg‟s death Loevborg‟s destiny. IV-I 72 Hedda, George, Judge George and Mrs. Elvsted ask to use Hedda‟s Begins to form an idea of her own Brack, Mrs. Elvsted writing table destiny. Hedda smuggles the remaining pistol to the back room under the cover of sheets of music IV-I 73 George, Judge Brack, George and Mrs. Elvsted settle in at the Mrs. Elvsted writing desk IV-I 74 Hedda, George, Judge Hedda sits near the stove with Brack Hedda is in Judge Brack‟s power Brack, Mrs. Elvsted Brack reveals he knows the pistol belongs to and her husbands. her Hedda lies about the pistol being stolen Brack blackmails her; his silence for an affair IV-I 75 Hedda, George, Judge George is confident he can rebuild the book Mrs. Elvsted gets to share in Brack, Mrs. Elvsted George‟s work but Hedda is still pushed aside. IV-I 76 George, Judge Brack, Hedda is unseen, playing a “frenzied” tune Hedda has snapped. Mrs. Elvsted on the piano that interrupts the work being done IV-I 77 Hedda, George, Judge Announces she will be quiet. Makes her decision HAZEL 20 Play Analysis of Hedda Gabler Brack, Mrs. Elvsted IV-I 78 George, Judge Brack, Hedda speaks up from behind the curtain to Hedda kills herself Mrs. Elvsted Judge Brack Hedda shots herself IV-I 79 George, Mrs. Elvsted, All three jump at the sound Judge Brack George says she is playing with the pistols IV-I 80 George, Mrs. Elvsted, George screams Hedda creates her own destiny. Judge Brack, Hedda, Brack declares “people don‟t do such things” Bertha 7b. Hedda Gabler has a climactic play structure and covers events that occur during the last two days of the character, Hedda‟s, life as visible from the drawing room of her home. 8. Hedda Gabler demonstrates that women are traditionally oppressed in society and treated like property which can create repressed anger, frustration, and desperate actions. The play serves as a warning of the damage society‟ gender bias can do. It places the traditional role of a wife into context and then begins to deconstruct that image with Hedda. In the end, her embracing the freedom of a man is twisted into freedom gained through suicide. HAZEL 21
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