Hedda Gabler Analysis

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Topic: Characterization of Judge Brack through Stage Directions and Dialogue in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

Title: Speech and Stage Direction: Characterization in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

1. Introduction
a) The stage directions in a play can be used to give directions to the actors and illustrate multiple features of characters.
b) Henrik Ibsen utilizes this technique, alongside dialogue, to shed light on the characterization in his plays, especially in Hedda Gabler.
c) The play tells a tragedy about a newly married young woman, Hedda, who tries to seek joy in her dull and tedious life but is eventually overcome with the burden of responsibility and takes her own life.
d) [Growth of realism theater during the 19th century]
e) [Writer’s purpose]
f) Thesis: Through the effective use of speech and stage directions, Ibsen comments on the unscrupulous character of Judge Brack and the intimate relationship he seeks with Hedda.
2. Body Paragraph #1
a) Topic sentence: The stage directions and tone of speech of Judge Brack illustrate his manipulative nature.
b) Act I: Conversation with Tesman about Løvborg
i. “BRACK. Nothing really definite— (Changing the subject.) But incidentally—I do have on piece of the news for you.” (p244)
1. “Changing the subject”: Brack is trying to avoid talking to Tesman about getting his appointment; manipulation of conversation ii. “BRACK (hesitating, rising and leaning on the back of the chair) … I can’t in all conscience, let you go on without knowing
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