Double Standards In Hedda Gabler

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In the play Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, men and women are held to specific double standards. Hedda Gabler is a young woman who is married to George Tesman. Tesman experiences competition to write his history book because Eilert Lovborg also is working on a a history book but he is already praised for the successful first book he wrote. The competition becomes heated when Hedda takes Lovborg’s manuscript and burns it in a fire so Tesman can have a better chance at being successful. Hedda is aware of how devastated Lovborg is and she gives him a gun and encourages him to commit suicide. Once Lovborg is dead, the town questions where he got the gun from. In fear of being caught, Hedda kills herself and the play ends. The drama in this play is the result of double standards. Every character in this play is impacted by double standards such as their image in society, job, passion, and wealth. These double standards can have both positive and negative effects on the characters. Although these characters are impacted by positive and negative standards, both men and women are affected by negative stereotypes. All of the women in this play are physically and emotionally affected by double standards. While talking to Judge Brack about Tesman, Hedda says “Oh, my Dear Mr. Brack, how mortally bored I have been...Tesman is - a specialist my dear Judge... And specialist are not at all amusing to travel with. Not in the long run at any rate” (Ibsen 27). Despite Hedda not
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