Hedda Gabler Social Criticism

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Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, father of contemporary theater and theatrical genera of realism. Hedda Gabler is part of a set of plays by Ibsen influenced by the constant presence of social critique. The play was published in 1890, and premiered a year later, causing a range of reactions, mostly negative. Ibsen’s plays in general were a harsh critique of the social structure of the moment, therefore he was accused of being obscene and offensive in many occasions. The play is divided in four acts, of which the climax is in the last. It is a very well structured play, and each act has its paper. The first act is devoted to not only the introduction of the play 's characters, but also their…show more content…
The last act is the fourth in which all this tension collides in a dramatic end. George comes back home and is told by Hedda that the manuscript has been burnt “for his career”. Which, weirdly, pleases George. He thinks Hedda has gone so far for him and that that must mean she loves him. All of a sudden, Tesla bursts into scene. She has heard Eilert has not been home yet, and that he might be in hospital. Before anyone can react, Judge Brack comes in and announces his imminent death. Hedda inquires about his death, searching for beauty in it, as she says there’s some sort of beauty in death, which repulses the rest of the characters. What shocks Brack about Eilert is the destruction of the manuscript. Tesla tells George then, that she has most of the notes they took in the making of the work, and so they decide to collaborate immediately to recover this work that would supposedly change the world. Meanwhile, Brack talks to Hedda, and hints that he knows she has been the one to “kill” Eilert, and that she would be investigated. Scandal, and control over her and the vision of a disappointing life ahead of her are too much to handle for Hedda, and so she decides to turn to suicide, disregarding completely everyone around her. She shoots herself in the head and ends her life

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