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41_Hedda Gabler

41 HEDDA GABLER Henrik Ibsen (Norway, 1890)

Class: Theatre History Part II

Hedda Gabler has just married Jorgen Tesman an ambitious but naive academic. As they move in their new house it becomes clear that she has not married him for love, but out of boredom and despair.

This is my first Ibsen and I'm very impressed by the quality of his writing and the depths of his characters. I know that depending on our reading of the play, Hedda can be analyzed in many different ways. To me she is the product of a clash between imagination and reality. Boredom is what she suffers from and this is what makes the play so powerful. At a time when women had very little options, Hedda has to struggle with a necessary marriage that somehow represents the end of her life. Only a dramatic event can save her from boredom.


Tags: drama

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