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Hedda Gabler

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ISBN:9780413770707
Teamway Price:24.08
Author:Ibsen, Henrik
Publisher:Methuen Publishing Ltd
Format:Paperback
Dimension:198x129mm
Page:208
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Student Edition Blending comedy and tragedy disconcertingly together, Ibsen probes the thwarted aspirations and hidden anxieties of his characters against a background of contemporary social conditions and attitudes.
Description

Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, trapped in the stifling environment of a bourgeois 19th-century marriage. When writer Eilert Loevborg, an old flame returns to Heddas life with a masterpiece that might threaten her husbands career, Hedda decides to take drastic and fatal action.

Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Ibsen’s most frequently performed plays. Its title role is elusive and complex: Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfilment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century bourgeois society. Too frightened of scandal to become involved with a brilliant, wayward writer, she opts for a conventional but loveless marriage in the hope of finding surrogate satisfaction through her husband’s career.

The work reveals Hedda Gabler as a selfish, cynical woman bored by her marriage to the scholar Jorgen Tesman. Her fathers pair of pistols provide intermittent diversion, as do the attentions of the neer-do-well Judge Brack. When Thea Elvestad, a longtime acquaintance of Heddas, reveals that she has left her husband for the writer Ejlert Lovborg, who once pursued Hedda, the latter becomes vengeful. Learning that Ejlert has forsworn liquor, Hedda first steers him to a rowdy gathering at Bracks and subsequently burns the reputedly brilliant manuscript that he loses there while drunk.

Witnessing his desperation, she sends him one of the pistols and he shoots himself. Brack deduces Heddas complicity and demands that she become his mistress in exchange for his silence about the matter. Instead, she ends her ennui with the remaining pistol. The work is remarkable for its nonjudgmental depiction of an immoral, destructive character, one of the most vividly realized women in dramatic literature.

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