Trickster In Hedda Gabler

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Despite Hedda Gabler 's seemingly high status in society as General Gabler 's daughter, she is a surprisingly manipulative woman who doesn 't seek good for others, or herself, folding into the lines of non-conventional behavior, ultimately fitting the profile of a trickster.

One of the many ways which show Hedda Gabler as a trickster proceed with her initial complaint of Miss Tesman’s hat on the chair, and claiming it as the maids, which she later admits that she did purposefully. She also shows no concern for Tesman’s slippers, although they appear to be quite important to him: “Only think- ill as she was, Aunt Rina embroidered these for me. Oh you can’t think how many associations cling to them” (Ibsen, 864). She also denies her pregnancy, and all of this occurs within Hedda’s
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He was the only one she would confide in about her manipulations, such as not really wanting the house they had, and being unhappy with George. Judge Brack attempts to blackmail Hedda into having a relationship with him, when he says “The triangle is completed” and Hedda remarks “And on goes the train” (Ibsen, 886), but the real blackmail does not occur until she Brack admits Lovborg was shot with Hedda’s pistol and she will have to answer many questions if she is turned over. This led Hedda to commit suicide, because she was completely involved. In Act 3, she tells Lovborg, “Will you not try to-to do it beautifully?” (Ibsen, 898). She is attempting to convince him to commit suicide here, which shows how tactful she is getting others to do what she…show more content…
Overall, Hedda’s psychology shows her as a woman seeking power, not womanhood. Her manipulative ways tricked Lovborg into drinking again and committing suicide, and tricked her husband about why she burned Lovborg’s manuscript. She had an evil personality, and was very good at conjuring answers, but never offering
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