Hedda Gabler has been a very influential character throughout the works of Ibsen, showing the way a woman could be portrayed differently to what was considered the norm of the time. She had a powerful upbringing from her father and learned some important lessons from him, as Thresher states;
“the general’s daughter shows an acute awareness of the power of words, knowing that they carry with them an emancipatory potential. Words hold the possibility of liberation from the ennui of bourgeois married existence and off Hedda the opportunity to control the fate of other people, something for which she has a strong desire,” (Threshe...
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... “Oedipus complex” where the play is all centred mostly around the fact that she is not her father’s daughter. She will not change her last name, will not admit to the idea that her marriage is not real and that her father is dangling over their heads the entire time (Schmidt). It is clearly noted that Hedda is attracted by the freedom that men seem to enjoy. At a young age, she would make Lovborg tell her all his wildest dreams and sexual fantasies. Later on, Hedda would say to Judge Brack that she would love to “come along as an invisible onlooker” and get to watch the enjoyment men have at a party. She has the particular desire to experience the world in a way very similar to what a man will. The play is torn between a woman that is dealing with an inner conflict between unfeminine cravings and her journey as a pregnant wife. A woman that cannot find her identity.
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