Later she uses a visiting guest for target practice in the backyard. And for a big finish, she consigns a baby to the flames. A metaphorical baby, that is. Through it all she exudes tetchiness, weariness and a general contempt for everything in sight. A more repellent personality would be hard to imagine, and yet Hedda Gabler is one of the eternal fascinators of the world stage.
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Hedda Gabler , drama in four acts by Henrik Ibsen , published in and produced the following year. Witnessing his desperation, she sends him one of the pistols and he shoots himself. 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. Hedda Gabler. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
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Another obsessive personage in these late plays is an aging artist who is bitterly aware of his failing powers. To the title role in Hedda Gabler she brought a demonic quality, a touch of the fantastic—deeply troubling to Ibsen when he saw her perform it—as though she had gone beyond the frontiers of realism.
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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. The entire play takes place in the Tesman's living room and in a smaller room to its side. They have just returned from a six-month honeymoon. Hedda is aristocratic and hard to please.
Hedda Gabler , drama in four acts by Henrik Ibsen , published in and produced the following year. Witnessing his desperation, she sends him one of the pistols and he shoots himself. 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.
Hedda Forever: An Antiheroine for the Ages
The only other physical vestige of him in the play is a pair of duelling pistols, with which Hedda is something of a quick draw. Not once in my life. The choice, it seems to me, is bold but wrong. It tilts the stakes from psychological perplexity to didactic melodrama.
Hedda, Get Your Gun
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