Compare and Constrast Essay on Hedda Gabler

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Hedda Gabler


Hedda Gabler







Hedda Gabler is a more modern tragic figure. Like Job, she has gone through pain and
suffering. Just as many of the Greek tragic figures and Job confront their Gods, Hedda
Gabler confronts the controlling forces in her life. She needs control and in order for
her to gain control over her life she commits suicide and does it beautifully to fulfill
her romantic quest.


It is implied, though never clearly stated, that Hedda grew up without a female influence.
Her father who was a General raised her around guns. She was socialized to be more violent
than lady-like. Hedda, as all women in her time, was restricted by society. She married
Tesman because that was expected of her. She had no way of surviving on her own. She had
courted Lovborg before meeting Tesman. She called herself a coward because she denied
Lovborg and gave in to the influence of society. When she lost Lovborg, she loss purpose,
and meaning and that created her boredom.


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Her marriage to Tesman was not what she wanted for herself. She wanted much more. Hedda
did not want the restraints put on her by society. She thought she could live through
Tesman. To Hedda, he was boring and too caught up in his work she wanted him to join
politics because that was what she wanted to do but was forbidden because she was a woman.
He was not rich enough to do so and that destroyed her dream. Hedda would not settle for
living homebound.


Hedda was Lovborg's inspiration in one of his manuscripts. When Thea took her place as
Lovborg's inspiration, she felt hurt. Hedda wanted something that Thea now had: happiness.
Thea was satisfied with being Lovborg's secretary and inspiration. Thea had put her whole
soul into the manuscript and looked at it as her child. When Lovborg tells Thea that he
has destroyed his life, he also tells her he destroyed the manuscript. Thea looked at it
as him killing their child. Hedda makes a comment about Lovborg being heartless for
destroying the manuscript when Thea had put her whole soul into it. It is ironic since she
is going to be the heartless one that destroys the manuscript and Lovborg's life.


Hedda burns the manuscript. She wants to destroy all life and this is Lovborg and Thea's
life. This is tragic because Lovborg and


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Thea suffers the loss of this "child" they had created. Hedda now feels like she is
gaining control over something. She influences Lovborg to commit suicide. Hedda wants
things to be beautiful and romantic and asks him to kill himself beautifully. When Hedda
finds


out that he is dead, she asks if he shot himself in the temple. Lovborg had shot himself
in the bowels, which is the worst place for him to shoot and die beautifully.


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