Miss Julie And Hedda Gabler Case Study

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“Naturalism According to Zola: The Miss Julie and Hedda Gabler Case Study ” Miss Julie by August Strindberg, and Hedda Gabler, by Henrk Ibsen, are two examples of how naturalism in the theater can achieved according to three essential elements laid out by Emile Zola. The representation of social conditions through the plot and setting of the play, the effect of heredity, and the development of a character through environmental conditions, both past and present, represent the three essential elements of naturalism. Strindberg and Ibsen achieve naturalism in their play through different methods with varying degrees of success. The desires and thoughts of the play’s respective feminine characters speak a certain truth to power concerning the social conditions of their society, which leads to their ultimate downfall. The issue of heredity and environment see Strindberg vie for a supernatural, or at least immaterial and philosophical approach, through the application of science to the development of character, whereas Ibsen approaches these issues symbolically through concrete props that dictate the play’s reality. The following will examine these aforementioned elements of Miss Julie and Hedda Gabler by a well defined measure of literary naturalism and how the two playwrights incorporate and utilize these elements in…show more content…
The difference, however, is that the boots in Miss Julie account for the second aspect of “character history,” which is environment of life experiences, particularly the formative years. The boots represent the environment of Miss Julie more so than heritability. The environment that Miss Julie was raised in was always impressed upon by the presence and omniscience of the Count. The boots represent the looming presence of the count, and how his impending return precipitates Julie’s suicide, despite any physical presence in the

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