Degression In Hedda Gabler

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The Demise of Hedda Gabler In the play Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler has just married Jurgen Tesmen. They are returning from their six-month honeymoon. Hedda comes from an elite and wealthy family due to her Father’s military status as a General. She was raised by her father and was not as feminine like most women during her time. She had lots of money and freedom to do what she desired. Throughout the play Hedda is not satisfied with her new life as a housewife and she becomes really manipulative and deprived of life. Hedda Gabler’s cruelty emerges from deprivation because she is forced into a new lifestyle that she is not accustomed to, throughout the play she refuses to conform to her new role as a housewife, which eventually …show more content…
Hedda enjoys the freedoms to do things that most women at the time do not normally do, such as own and operate guns. This is seen as taboo. Dialogue about Hedda’s pistols rises when she decided to play with them, “Well at least I’ve got one thing to amuse myself with. Ah, thank god for that, and what is that, Hedda? My pistols. [With cold eyes] [She goes through the inner room and out to the left] [Running to the center doorway and shouter after.] No, for the love of God, Hedda, dearest, don’t touch those dangerous things for my sake, Hedda hm? (800)” This dialogue between Hedda and her husband Tesman is important. Hedda does not have the privilege of having financial freedom so she pursues to play with her pistols. Tesman does not want her playing with pistols because that is not what a housewife does for entertainment. Hedda instead of conforming to what is expected of a housewife runs away from Tesman, letting him know that she is not going to change her ways. The pistols in the play are very important because they lead to her death because she could not refrain from using them since the beginning of the play, thus leading her to her …show more content…
Hedda feeling like she cannot escape makes her feel terrible to the point she cannot do anything about it. Hedda tells Judge Brack, “You can’t imagine how many times I longed for a third person on that trip. Ach, huddled together alone in a railway compartment. Fortunately, the wedding trip is over no. [Shaking her head] Oh no, it’s a very long trip. It’s nowhere near over. I’ve only come to a little stopover on the line (803).” The “long trip” is a metaphor for her marriage. Hedda knows that there’s no way out of her marriage because divorcing is not an option. The only way to get out of this marriage is death, which is the route that Hedda takes at the end of the play. The feeling of entrapment led her to kill herself because it was the only way

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