Hedda Gabler's Character Analysis Essays

1538 Words Oct 30th, 2010 7 Pages
Hedda Is Not a Housewife The reflection of women in literature during the late eighteen-hundreds often features a submissive and less complex character than the usual male counterpart, however Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler features a women who confines herself to the conformities that women were to endure during that time period but separates herself from other female characters by using her intelligence and overall deviousness to manipulate the men in her life and take a dominant presence throughout the play. Hedda challenges the normal female identity of the time period by leaving the stereotype of the “quiet, subservient housewife” through her snide and condescending remarks as well as her overall spoiled aristocratic demeanor. …show more content…
No matter what George Tesman does for her there is always a better version which she craves. The standard female role in plays and society during this time usually would act accepting and gracious of such a wonderful gift. This also seperates Hedda from her male counterpart by raising her above him in that she has the ability to talk badly and freely about George without any repercussions. This places Hedda in a position of power over Mr. Tesman The character of Hedda Gabler posses a level of intelligence which rises above the standard for other womanly characters of plays and literature during the late eighteen-hundreds. The feminine character would not usually be described as the smartest person in the household nor would she be able to take control of others around her using her intelligence. Mr. Tesman poses more of a ”book smart” intelligence but he is easily fallible to Hedda’s manipulation and mind games. This creates a degree of seperation from her husband Mr. Tesman in that she has no control over her due to her ability to surpass him and challenge his own ability have some sort of control over her. In the end of act three Hedda burns up Lovborgs manuscript and then gets him to contemplate suicide over the manner and then at the beginning of act four she reveals this information to Mr. Tesman who becomes horrified, yet she still manages to talk her way out of the situation and even makes him joyous of such an action because he believes she did

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