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Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler portrays the societal roles of gender and sex through Hedda as a character trying to break the status quo of gender relations within the Victorian era. The social conditions and principles that Ibsen presents in Hedda Gabler are of crucial importance as they “constitute the molding and tempering forces which dictate the behavior of all the play's characters” with each character part of a “tightly woven social fabric” (Kildahl). Hedda is an example of perverted femininity in a depraved society intent on sacrificing to its own self-interest and the freedom and individual expression of its members....   [tags: Hedda Gabler]

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Themes in Hedda Gabler

- Hedda Gabler According to John T. Shipley, Hedda Gabler "…presents no social theme" (333). He asserts this argument with evidence that the themes that are presented in the play are of no importance with relevance to the time period it was written. Although John R. Shipley might have a prevalent argument, the social topics that are presented in Hedda Gabler are timeless and are present even in today’s world as they were long before the time of Hedda Gabler. Therefore, Mr. John T. Shipley is mistaken when stating that there is a lack of social themes in Hedda Gabler because issues such as “bourgeoisie” versus aristocracy, social class, public image, scandal, and gender sexuality flood the ent...   [tags: Hedda Gabler]

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The Character of Hedda Gabler in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- The Character of  Hedda Gabler       Hedda Gabler is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in Ibsen.  She has been the object of psychological analysis since her creation.  She is an interesting case indeed, for to "explain" Hedda one must rely on the hints Ibsen gives us from her past and the lines of dialogue that reveal the type of person she is.  The reader never views Hedda directly.  We never get a soliloquy in which she bares her heart and motives to the audience.  Hedda is as indifferent to our analysis as she is to Tesman's excitement over his slippers when she says "I really don't care about it" (Ibsen  8).  But a good psychologist knows that even this indifference is t...   [tags: Hedda Gabler Essays]

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A Psychoanalytic Reading of Hedda Gabler

- A Psychoanalytic Reading of Hedda Gabler Attempting a psychoanalytic reading of a given text is a bit like attempting to understand a city by examining its sewer system: helpful, yet limited. There are several reasons for using psychoanalysis as a critical literary theory; the critic might be interested in gleaning some sort of subconscious authorial intent, approaching the text as a "cathartic documentation" (my own term) of the author's psyche; the method might be useful in judging whether characters are well-rendered, whether they are truly three-dimensional and, therefore, worth our while as readers (thus satisfying the pleasure principle); finally, in a larger sense, the psychoa...   [tags: Hedda Gabler Essays]

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Social Issues in Hedda Gabler

- Social Issues in Hedda Gabler It has been suggested that Hedda Gabler is a drama about the individual psyche -- a mere character study. It has even been written that Hedda Gabler "presents no social theme" (Shipley 333). On the contrary, I have found social issues and themes abundant in this work. The character of Hedda Gabler centers around society and social issues. Her high social rank is indicated from the beginning, as Miss Tesman says of Hedda, "General Gabler's daughter. What a life she had in the general's day!" (Ibsen 672)....   [tags: Hedda Gabler Essays]

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Oppression in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- Oppression in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler One of the social issues dealt with in Ibsen's problem plays is the oppression of women by conventions limiting them to a domestic life. In Hedda Gabler the heroine struggles to satisfy her ambitious and independent intellect within the narrow role society allows her. Unable to be creative in the way she desires, Hedda's passions become destructive both to others and herself. Raised by a general (Ibsen 1444), Hedda has the character of a leader and is wholly unsuited to the role of "suburban housewife" (1461)....   [tags: Hedda Gabler Essays]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Purpose of Self-Punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- Characters that stand out are the ones that commit ludicrous actions such as self-punishment, to convey curiosity and to make a story more creative and entertaining. Self-punishment is something that both Sophocles and Henrik Ibsen incorporated into their stories, it is a way of relieving pain, suffering or an act of avoidance, which is portrayed in the play Oedipus Rex (429BC) and Hedda Gabler (1890). Hedda Gabler and Oedipus both find a way of relieving themselves through self-punishment, simply because it is the only way of overcoming their obstacles....   [tags: oedipus rex, hedda gabler]

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Pursuit of Freedom Depicted in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Albert Camus’ The Stranger

- One’s own Freedom is what one desires to control the most in life. Yet in both Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Hedda and Meursault do not have this influence over themselves, because external factors force them to live their lives according to the society they live in. In both Hedda Gabler and The Stranger the main character are constantly reminded of the life they do not want through ordinary objects that typically represent life. By destroying them, Hedda and Meursault are trying to gain control of their lives and freedom....   [tags: Hedda Gabler, The Stranger]

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Use of Theme, Setting, and Time in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- Use of Theme, Setting, and Time in Hedda Gabler   Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, is a work about a woman who manipulates the fates of others in order to fulfill her own desires. The title character is a woman who has recently returned from a six month "honeymoon" with her groom, Tesman, a man whom she does not love. She yearns for freedom, but she feels as if she cannot leave her marriage. To occupy her time, she manipulates the lives of everyone around her. Hedda kills herself after becoming engorged in her own manipulations....   [tags: Hedda Gabler Essays]

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Character Analysis of Hedda from Henrik Ibesen's Hedda Gabler

- Character Analysis of Hedda from Henrik Ibesen's Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler portrays the life of a young newlywed woman named Hedda and her attemps to overpower the people around her. Ibsen succsessfully depicts the very masculine traits that Hedda displays throughout the play with not wanting to conform to the feminine ways or the accepted stereotypes of her gender in her society. Hedda's marriage to her husband, Mr. Tesman, only increases her desire for power because it is a constant re- minder that she now "belongs" to Mr....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Hedda Gabler Plays Essays]

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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

- The play “Hedda Gabler” revolves around the life of a socially deprived woman living in the late 1800s. Hedda Gabbler’s crippled emotionally draining life is the epicenter of the entire body of work. As Ibsen wrote of Hedda’s emotional state and life he revealed the distinct role women played in the late nineteenth century. Manipulation and the reputation of the protagonist, Hedda Gabler reveals the message Henrik Ibsen was trying to send out. Hedda Gabler lived in a world of repressed feelings and dissatisfaction to say the least....   [tags: psychological instability, feelings]

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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

- “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” (Milton, Paradise Lost). What I believe Milton meant by this is that people project what they believe to be right; therefore, the mind can make heaven into hell if that is what the mind believes. In “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen, Hedda is consistently making things worse for herself because she believes she is not getting enough attention; therefore, she must distract them with her petty games just like Algernon fells he must do in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde....   [tags: conflict, attention, mind]

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Medea and Hedda Gabler

- The materialistic wants of people often lead them to act in imprudent ways. This is especially true in the cases of Jason and George Tesman, main characters from the plays of Medea and Hedda Gabler, who display the folly of blindly adhering to aesthetic standards. (In this essay, an aesthetic standard is the placement of value on worldly goods and sensationalistic feeling). Acting on such a standard creates a tunnel vision that limits one’s thoughts and prevents one from seeing anything other than that which is directly beneficial....   [tags: Theatre]

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Hedda Gabler

- Henrik Isben’s “Hedda Gabler” is a problem play that deals with several social conflicts that a newlywed woman experiences when we arrives back to her home town from her honeymoon. As the daughter of General Gabler, Hedda Gabler has been born into and grown accustom to being at the top of her town’s social hierarchy. Because of Hedda’s social status and undeniable beauty she has the ability to control and manipulate those around her – but to a certain extent. The time the play was set in, women did not have a lot of freedom to do anything outside of getting married, having children and attending to the house....   [tags: Henrik Isben]

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Hedda Gabler

- Hedda Gabler is a play with an undoubtedly interesting main character; Hedda herself. While she may have her faults, neurotic traits and undeniable issues it would be glaringly ignorant to ignore the fact that she is, above all a tragic victim. In order to properly showcase how Hedda falls somewhat perfectly into the mould of a tragic victim we must first figure out what exactly a tragic victim is. The most prominent and fitting description seems to come from the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his ‘Poetics’, while his definition is actually of a tragic hero instead of victim it is never the less still an extremely accurate definition and is still able to depict both victims and heroes equall...   [tags: Play Analysis, Character Development]

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Hedda Gabler

- The mind and mental processes can affect and shape human behavior. Some of the subtlest actions are outcomes of a person’s emotion, treatment, and provide underlying messages unknowingly exhibited and communicated. This occurs internally and is exposed through accidental or unintentional conduct. Hedda Gabler is an affluent European woman living a life of nobility and service. Pampered and easily neglected by her companions, she is unfulfilled by the amount of praise she receives in her household....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Henrik Ibsen]

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Hedda Gabler and A Streetcar Named Desire

- In both plays, Hedda Gabler and A Streetcar Named Desire, the authors create very complex characters whose obsession creates conflict regarding their private lives. Tennessee Williams creates Blanche, whose the heroine and the antagonist Stanley, whose the antagonist. On the other hand, in the play Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen creates Hedda, the heroine and the antagonist, Judge Brack, the antagonist. Both authors establish antagonists, such as Stanley and Judge Brack, containing some sympathetic elements to help the reader understand their motivations towards the heroines, Blanche and Hedda....   [tags: Tennessee Williams & Henrik Ibsen play comparison]

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Analysis of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- The unmistakable dominance of men during the nineteenth century is an influential factor in the establishment of the central theme of Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. Due to Hedda’s lack of independence, she develops a strong desire for control. The direct relationship between Hedda’s marriage with George and her sly, manipulative characteristics is manifested by Ibsen during the work. Ibsen also exposes weakness in Mrs. Elvsted through her dependability on various male characters for fulfillment in life....   [tags: Male Dominance, 19th Century, Plot Scheme]

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Analyzing Ibsen's Character, Hedda Gabler

- Henrik Ibsen's character, Hedda Gabler, is a woman who is torn between her desires and the expectations required of someone of her social standing. At the onset of the play, Hedda has been married for six months, but she still clings to her maiden name, as evident in the title of the play, “Hedda Gabler.” Her reluctance at accepting her new name is symbolic of her dissatisfaction of being married; she misses the freedom of being single, while at the same time longs to be married to an aristocrat, to someone who is more important in society than her husband is....   [tags: Character Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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The Many Languages of Hedda Gabler

- The Many Languages of Hedda Gabler Throughout Hedda Gabler my perception of Hedda was influenced by many of the theatre languages. From the costumes she wore, the props she used, and the lighting that illuminated the stage, all of the languages had an enormous effect on my perception of Hedda. The first language that influenced my perception of her character was her costumes. The theatre language that caught my eye first was the use of Hedda's costumes. As the play began she was wearing a bright elegant gown; without using the knowledge I already had about her from reading the play, this to me demonstrated her attempt to appear sane and in control of her life....   [tags: Papers]

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Female Protagonist in Hedda Gabler and A Doll House

- Hedda Gabler and A Doll House are indubitably two of Ibsen’s most well-known and finest works. In both, the central protagonists are women in strained marriages who do not accept societal norms. Both are independently-minded, but Nora in A Doll House still strongly feels the duty of marriage and motherhood, while Hedda in Hedda Gabler seems to think little of the institution of marriage and duty. Both A Doll House and Hedda Gabler were sensational in their times. A Doll House, written in 1879, was Ibsen’s first foray into creating a sensation, soon to become his trademark....   [tags: compare contrast essays]

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Beauty and the Power of Words in Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

- Hedda Gabler as a character speaks against the patriarchy of 19th century Europe through her desire for beauty, her power of over words, and her silence. During the first matinee performances in London in the early 1890’s, one of the women who watched the performance exclaimed, “Hedda is all of us” (Moi 436). In a society constructed by men, Hedda Gabler take the lead role in the story named after her. Henrik Isben gave Hedda’s character a sense of power in entitling the work after her. It forces the reader to recognize Hedda as a person of her own rather than as the general’s daughter or Tresman’s wife....   [tags: silence, patrichy, ]

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Freud and Hedda Gabler: The Wolf Behind the Protagonist

- From its very creation until now; civilization has been at odds with the fundamental human instinct. While civilization is just a mechanism used to control the human instinct and place an order so a broader society can function; the basic human is far from controlled. Sigmund Freud in ‘From Civilizations and Its discontents’ suggest that nothing can really control human instinct but rather deter it from its ‘homo homini lupus’(Freud, 1697) nature which translates into man is a wolf to man. This ‘homo homini lupus’ form of instinct suggest a more aggressive side of humans with the tendencies of not interacting with people but merely using people....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Literary Review: Hedda Gabler

- Title: Hedda Gabler Author: Henrik Ibsen Setting: Un-named city in Norway (probably Christiania - the Norwegian capital then) Time Period: 1890 Major Characters Hedda Gabler - (married name: Hedda Tesman) Daughter of an aristocratic general who spoiled her. She’s used to a life of luxury in which she gets anything she wants. She is bored with her life because there’s nothing new for her to see or experience. She marries George Tesman so that she won’t be an oddball in society. She’s nearly thirty and realizes that she’s not getting any younger or desirable....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbolism in Hedda Gabler

- The mid-nineteenth century realist playwright Alexandre Dumas wrote the following about his drama. “If…I can exercise some influence over society; if, instead of treating effects I can treat causes; if, for example, while I satirize and describe and dramatize adultery, I can find means to force people to discuss the problem, and the law-maker to revise the law, I shall have done more than my part as a poet, I shall have done my duty as a man….We need invent nothing; we have only to observe, remember, feel, coordinate, restore….As for basis, the real; as for facts, what is possible; for means, what is ingenious; that is all that can rightfully be asked of us.” Along with the realist dramatis...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hedda Gabler

- Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler is a more modern tragic figure. Like Job, she has gone through pain and suffering. Just as many of the Greek tragic figures and Job confront their Gods, Hedda Gabler confronts the controlling forces in her life. She needs control and in order for her to gain control over her life she commits suicide and does it beautifully to fulfill her romantic quest. It is implied, though never clearly stated, that Hedda grew up without a female influence. Her father who was a General raised her around guns....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hedda Gabler

- In the play Hedda Gabler, the author Henrik Ibsen portrays Hedda Gabler as a control freak who is overly concerned with society's opinion of her. He creates a character that treats others in a demeaning manner and repeatedly uses the following phrase: "People don't do such things." Ibsen includes this remark to show how Hedda ostracizes others and their actions; thus, she puts herself on a pedestal, above all in society. In the beginning when the reader meets Hedda Gabler, one can see how she is quite a high maintenance character by how she complains that the maid has "left the French windows open......   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Hedda Gabler

- Hedda Gabler's personality type is of a different character than Nora Helmer's. She expresses herself wickedly, for her own enjoyment; not caring of other peoples feelings. Hedda has feelings of confinement and frustration, with her life, and directs her bottled up energy at people with an ill temperament. "Life becomes for Hedda a ridiculous affair that isn't worth seeing to the end. Life isn't tragic…life is ridiculous…and that's what I can't bear" (Henrik Ibsen's Notes). Hedda doesn't want to know and face the reality that she's pregnant....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Hedda Gabler

- Hedda from the play, “Hedda Gabler” by Ibsen is greatly affected due to her background. Hedda’s father being a general led her to control issues later on in life. She felt weak and needed control over the people in her life. Hedda was born to a great, wonderful, highly regarded and respected general, General Gabler. Because she was his daughter people would show great respect and loyalty towards her. She was used to people listening and obeying her; she just loved having power over others. When Hedda and her husband, George Tesman got back from their honeymoon George’s aunt, MissTesman was telling the maid how particular Hedda is after growing up as General Gablers Daughter, “Well of cours...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hedda Gabler

- TITLE : People may argue that George, Eilert, and Judge Brack are responsible for Hedda’s death, but in reality it is the fault of Hedda’s society. I’ve chosen this statement for several reasons. Ibsen’s character, Hedda Gabler, represents the women of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Hedda stands the issues of self-worth and the deflated value that each woman places upon her own importance as a result of male dominance. We can see this in the play, as we read we learn more about the character of Hedda Gabler....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death in Hedda Gabler and Madame Bovary

- Throughout Hedda Gabler and Madame Bovary death is a common motif. The use of unnatural death by Henrik Ibsen and Gustave Flaubert allows the authors to breakdown the main characters and reveal their true personalities. The deaths of Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary and the death of Hedda Gabler and Ejlert Lovborg in Hedda Gabler are the climax allowing the reader to learn about the characters in the text. Emma, or Madame Bovary, died after taking poison given to her by an admirer. Her lifestyle had forced her into debt, as well as adultery, Emma felt that her only escape from her self-proclaimed “boring life” was suicide....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Character Analysis of Hedda in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

- ... Among the growing list of Hedda’s grievances throughout the play, the possibility of motherhood features prominently. Hedda reveals to Judge Brack in Act Two that she has no ambitions to raise children, though hints throughout the play intimate that Hedda is indeed pregnant. Hedda’s selfish nature prohibits her from wanting to tend so tirelessly to the needs of another. Moreover, the addition of a child to the Tesman household would only exacerbate the financial situation Hedda already views as far less than desirable....   [tags: selfish, motherhood, suicide]

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A Fantasy Come True

- When a beloved family member dies the natural human reaction to cope with the depressing news is known as denial. In Hedda Gabler and “How to Paint a water Lily”, both Ibsen and Hughes suggest that men live in a fantasy rejecting reality to protect them from horrifying situations. While Hughes believes that this fantasy is a natural survival technique used by men, Ibsen believes that by hiding the reality of life man are driven to insanity which prevents the growth of a potential culture hero. Ibsen reflects his belief: fantasy life protect humans from an appalling circumstance with his character Hedda Gabler whose fantasy is the life of perfect wife .Throughout the book Hedda’s actions has...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Hedda Gabler]

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Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen and Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

- Often times many authors depict their characters’ inner lives as well as their actions within their literary works. Other instances authors exemplify their probing of social problems, and the limitations society holds on its residents. In the two literary works, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, they share a common portrayal: the main heroine faces the complications of societal restraints. The novella by Ibsen and Flaubert’s novel emphasize upon women that struggle with what can and cannot be done in their society....   [tags: Societal Restraints, Rebels]

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Nora Helmer versus Hedda Gabler in Male Dominated Society

- There has been a long history of women’s oppression by men in many traditional societies throughout the world. Society gave women an ideal image to follow: getting married, having a family and taking care of the family. Some women submit to the image, but certain individual stands against it. In Henrik Ibsen’s stories of Hedda Gabler and A Doll House, we witness examples of a single individual against the overwhelming society. Nora left her family and marriage behind to become an independent individual without the control of men; whereas, Hedda Gabler choose death as her ultimate solution when she was threatened to be control by man....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Place of Women in Society in Henrik Ibsen's Play Hedda Gabler

- In the 19th Century, there arose a widespread question concerning the place of the women in the society. It led to increasing complaints, and debates for women to have a say in the political, economical and social arena. The debate was what was referred to as women question which struggled to define the position of women in the society. The debate was divided into whether the women should have a greater political, economic and social opportunities or whether the women belonged in their home as family caretakers....   [tags: prohibitions, liberation, sexuality]

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Power, Wealth and Love in The Alchemist, in Hedda Gabler and in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

- Throughout the 20th century, our view of life has not changed much from the past. Many of us are still in desire power, wealth, and love. In Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, it has demonstrated that some people still desire authorities. In “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, it has illustrated the value of wealth. At last, in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See, it emphasized the bonding between men and men. Each individual is justified in creating his and her own reality because people have unique characteristics, they are determined to survive, they have value, and they have dreams to pursue....   [tags: Reality, Novels]

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Hedda Gabler’s Freedom and Repression as Understood through the Analysis of a Key Passage

- This passage from the denouement Henrik Ibsen’s play, Hedda Gabler, before Hedda’s suicide, is an illustration of the vulnerability and defeat of the impetuous and manipulative titular character. Ibsen develops Hedda’s character by uncovering details about the conflicts between Hedda and the other characters, Judge Brack, Mrs Elvsted, and George Tesman which highlight Hedda’s transformation from an individualistic to despairing individual, conveying the theme of freedom and repression in society....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Character Symbolism]

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How does language in ‘Medea’ and ‘Hedda Gabler’ convey emotions?

- Between Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripedes (484- 407), and Hedda Gabler, a play written by Norwegian Henrick Ibsen (in 1890) there is small difference in language between both plays as even though they were written in different eras and both have been translated from their original languages to English, they show similar uses of language, like sarcasm, speeches, lies, figurative language and vocabulary that expresses the character’s personality and emotions, which shows what they are really feeling: anger, unhappiness, resentment, boredom, jealously, amongst others....   [tags: Greek, Literary Analysis, Character Analysis]

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Cooperative Principle Analysis on Hedda Gabler Play by Henrik Ibsen

- This maxim appears when Hedda is in the drawing room of the house, loading one of her father's pistols. When she sees Judge Brack approaching, she spooks him by pretending to shoot at him. Her speech was fluent as she pretends to shoot him but she is actually jokes on him in order to make him afraid. Brack’s reaction fluently appears as he tells her gently takes the pistols from her. The quantity in the speech appeared clear. This maxim appears when Brack asks her if she has nothing else to do but play with guns....   [tags: pistol, shoot, ambiguous]

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Comparing A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen and Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen

- The feminist Lois Wyse once stated, “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” Women should express remorse for their strengths, when men should feel guilt when exposing their weaknesses. Wyse believed that women should have been able to show their strengths in their oppressive societies instead of covering them up. The 19th century setting in the two plays, A Doll House and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, caused much grief in both Nora and Hedda. They both lived in Europe during the 1800’s where males dominated the way society ran....   [tags: compare contrast essays]

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Sympathy for Laura and Not Hedda in Hedda Gabler and The Father

- Sympathy for Laura and Not Hedda in Hedda Gabler and The Father Throughout both plays of “Hedda Gabler” and “The Father” one may feel that Laura and Hedda are both evil, manipulative characters, however in certain ways one may also sense that one character is seen to be more sinful than the other character. “The Father” is a play about relationships, between a married couple, between men and women and between father and daughter. The play is about a man who is manipulated by his own wife into convincing himself that he is mad and ends up being driven out of his own home by the suspicion that his daughter is not his own....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Truth in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

- Truth Exposed in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler        "No other dramatist had ever meant so much to the women of the stage," claimed Elizabeth Robins, the actress who performed the title role in the English-language premier of Hedda Gabler in London in 1891 (Farfan 60). Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian dramatist and poet whose works are notorious for their unveiling of the truths that society preferred to keep hidden. Ibsen was sensitive to women's issues and through his works, he advocated for women's rights, a controversial issue for a male writer in the 19th century....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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Symbols, Symbolism and Feminism in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

- Symbolism and Feminism in Hedda Gabler       Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House painted the picture of a strong and independent woman standing up to an oppressive and dominating society; the lead character, Nora, abandons not only her husband, but her entire family, in an effort to discover herself and become a liberated woman.  The play is known for its universal appeal, and the strong blow it dealt to a male-dominated society, by showing not only that a woman could break free from the restraints which society placed upon her, but that men were actually quite powerless in the face of a strong woman; Nora's husband, Torvald, is left weeping as she leaves him at the close of the play....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Essay on Social Conventions in Jane Eyre and Hedda Gabler

- Social Conventions in Jane Eyre and Hedda Gabler     Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre and Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler were written within fifty years of each other in the late 1800s. Both Jane and Hedda exist within the same social contexts. They are women of the middle class in European cultures. The fact Jane is penniless through much of the novel does not exclude her from the middle class. Jane and Hedda's experiences, education and values all belong to the middle class. Therefore it should be no surprise their words echo....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Portrayal of Women in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

- Portrayal of Women in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler        The extent to which Ibsen directly sympathized with feminists is still debated, but this is somewhat irrelevant when considering his portrayal of women. Ibsen had a deep understanding of the nature of women and a strong interest in the manner in which women were treated by society. This resulted in the creation of female protagonists such as Nora Helmer, in A Doll's House, and Hedda Gabler, in a work of the same name. The character traits of each woman are remarkably developed and the portrayal of marital relationships is equally convincing.  Ibsen's emphasis on the Victorian husband's attitude towards his wife provides tremend...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children

- Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children present two strongly defined female heroines whose actions not only adversely affect the other characters’ lives but also suggest a fundamental problem with their societies. Both playwrights establish the macroscopic view of society’s ills in the microscopic, individual characters of Hedda and Mother Courage. Both characters have an indomitable magnetism that, on the one hand, allows them to control others but, on the other, causes them to make desperate choices that reflect a repressive society....   [tags: Ibsen Gabler Brecht Mother Courage Essays]

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The Praised and Recognized Theater Work of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler versus Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

- ... The Cigarette box is one of the most important props in the play, because it symbols a double life that Jack is leading, one in the city with Gwendolen, and the life he leads in the country with his ward Cecily. Ibsen and Wilde use this technique effectively to show the props and characters have a connection between the two. Ibsen and Oscar Wilde use their props in different ways to create deeper meaning for their props. The deeper meaning in the play takes aim at broader ideas and pre-existing beliefs....   [tags: character development, motivation, props]

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Hedda Gabler and the Lower Depths - Use of Surprise Suicide Ending

- For Maxim Gorki and Henrik Ibsen, the "the surprise ending" is a device to highlight the extreme desperation and hopelessness man is often faced. In both cases, the plays end with an act of suicide - The Actor in The Lower Depths, and Hedda in Hedda Gabler. The alcoholic Actor dreamt of a far off hospital that helped drunkards by curing them of their disease. He struggles through out the play trying to find this path to redemption. Hedda tries to control a world that she is trapped in. This control would result in her freedom to exist in true self-expression....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Comparing Courage and Cowardice in A Doll's House, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler

- Courage and Cowardice in A Doll's House, Ghosts and Hedda Gabler All successful drama consists of conflict, whether between or within characters. Henrik Ibsen's work, A Doll's House is no exception.  Ibsen's play studies Nora's early courage and her confirmation of that courage at the end of the play. Nora's strength of character in forging her father's signature on a loan, and the repercussions of that act, provide much of the driving force for the drama. But Nora's great choice remains until the last act....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Theme of the Individual vs Society in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

- Individual vs Society in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler       George Brandes once insisted that the only way literature could be made into a vital and living piece of art would be by "subjecting problems to debate" Indeed, it was the `problem' at the heart of Henrik Ibsen's plays that caused most of the controversy that surrounded them. Whereas other theatrical productions of Ibsen's time adhered to a standard plot and set of characters, Ibsen chose to break free of conventions by introducing topical issues into his drama, challenging contemporary assumptions about the role of women, the institution of marriage and the state of society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Hedda Gabbler, by Henrik Ibsen and Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

- The role of a woman remains the same throughout human history. Many women prepare for the role of wife and mother from an early age. If one is not married at a certain age then they are labeled as a spinster, a prude. Hedda Gabler and Emma Bovary fearful of being dubbed as a spinster, marry men whom they both despised. During the mid 1800’s, Emma Bovary’s period: women considered inferior to their male counterparts, they could not divorce their husbands, and their husbands essentially own them. Alas during Hedda Gabler’s setting, nothing changes....   [tags: Role of Women, Society]

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Freedom in "Hedda Gabler"

- One of the many social issues dealt with in Ibsen's predicament plays is the lack of freedom bestowed upon women limiting them to a domestic life. In Hedda Gabler, Hedda struggles with an independent intellect and satisfying her ambitions in the slender role society allows her. Incapable of being creative the way she wants, Hedda's passions become destructive to herself and others around her. With a father that is a general, Hedda is more of a leader than an ordinary housewife. She manipulates her husband George due to the fact she is unable to have the authority she craves....   [tags: European Literature]

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Comparing the Treatment of Women in Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts

- Women as Victims in Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts      In Ibsen's plays - Hedda Gabbler, A Doll's House and Ghosts - the female protagonists of Hedda Gabler, Nora and Mrs. Alving demonstrate how social expectations and restrictions of women impacts the life every woman on a very personal level.    Conservative social and religious leaders imposed women's restricted social roles.  Women had to be married; there was not another socially acceptable option.  After marriage they had to stay with their families and fulfill their social and moral duty regardless of their personal feelings or how their husbands treated them.  Ibsen presents his characters Hedda, Nora and Helene as...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Social Status vs Individuals’ Actions in Hedda Gebler by Henrick Ibsen and Punishment by Rabindranath Tagore

- Every person within a society is the product of his own social status and the actions his status lead him to undertake. “Hedda Gebler” by Henrick Ibsen, and “Punishment” by Rabindranath Tagore are two texts which display the profound idea that our social status is the foremost important factor which influences our decision making and also may corrupt our morals. If we analyze the two texts together we see that both Hedda in “Hedda Gabler” and the characters in “punishment” look forward to happiness but they are unable to receive it because of their particular society....   [tags: social standards, social beliefs]

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Hedda Gabbler and Miss. Julie: The Ultimate Escape from Life

- What causes a person to commit suicide. This has been an age-old question that is never easily (if ever) answered. Literature has been a great source in which to address the complexity of such a horrific self-act. Two exemplary dramatic literary authors tackled this subject head on within two years of eachother in Henrik Ibsen’s 1890 “Hedda Gabbler,” and August Strindberg’s 1888 “Miss Julie.” A woman’s life in the late 19th century was very difficult. James McFarlane frankly generally describes a middle and upper class women’s dilemma during this time period in his introduction to Henrik Ibsen Four Major Plays: “These women of the modern age, mistreated as daughters, as sisters, as wives, no...   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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Women in Distress: A Literary Analysis

- Hedda Gabler written by Henrik Ibsen and Medea written by Euripides both present the ideas of women who have either been wronged in life or simply have lives which have taken a turn for the worse, who find themselves in times of distress. The playwrights therefore use different techniques to portray them, their suffering, and what they resort to do to ease this pain, and in Medea’s case, to fulfil her revenge. The former play is set in late nineteenth century Norway. Hedda Gabler must deal with a various number of situations which eventually build up and lead to her demise....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Modernist Movement in the History of British Literature

- “Suicide Solution”             As a direct result of an artistic rebellion against the edicts of the Romantic Era, the aristocratic hypocrisy of the Victorian Age, and of the horrors of both World War I and World War II, the Modernist movement in the arts was inevitable. Roughly beginning at the close of the 19th century through as late as 1965, Modernism came to the forefront in literature (Rahn).  Defined by the technological changes in the social, political and cultural climate brought about by the aforementioned wars, the discoveries of the Industrial Age, and new schools of psychological theories, Modernism is characterized by themes concerning alienation and disconnection and a loss of...   [tags: artistic rebellion agaisnt Victorian era]

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A Beautiful and Inconvenient Reality

- Henrik Ibsen was a nineteenth century playwright who pioneered realism in drama. He wrote during a time in which very specific gender roles dominated life, especially for women, who found themselves bound to their home and their husbands, lacking a voice of their own. The influence of that society is evident in Ibsen’s works, many of which sought to analyze and critique different aspects of it. Ibsen did not hold back with regard to challenging even the most widely accepted societal norms; this led to many of his plays becoming extremely controversial....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Martin Esslin Critical Essay

- Martin Esslin, in his critical essay written in 1969, comments on works from the beginning, middle and finally the end of Ibsen’s career. He chose to write about Hedda Gabler in his section about the middle of Ibsen’s career. While his writing is fairly complex, most of it is decipherable. He writes that “Hedda Gabler is the last of his strictly realist plays.” (237). He also explains that Hedda Gabler “is first and foremost about a human being, no about an idea” (237). This is what Esslin is impressed with the most....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Falling To Eternity

- The Apollonian and Dionysian duality argued by Nietzsche requires so perfect a balance that the slightest change in consciousness can tip the scales and result in turmoil. Ibsen, in Hedda Gabler, and Hughes, through his poem “How To Paint A Water Lily”, suggest that civilizations rise with Apollonian ideas, but eventually fall due to the overwhelming influences of Dionysian decadence. Ibsen implies that through one’s martyrdom, true freedom and change can be attained, while Hughes implies that culture remains stagnant and ever unchanging....   [tags: Apollonian, Dionysian, Nietzsche]

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Powerful Female Characters in Theater

- Powerful Female Characters in Theater A craving for life and the pursuit of happiness are concepts everyone cherishes in one way or another. Everyone’s goals and ambitions for the future vary from one to the next, yet each person shares a common bond, each hope for their own personal happiness. The search of the truth and the power it produces cause internal conflict during one’s pursuit of this so-called happiness. The search for this is not made without obstacles along the way. One must overcome the tribulations handed to him or her by his or her society....   [tags: Papers]

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Gender Stereotypes in Literature

- Throughout history women have been victims of many stereotypes. The stereotypes that will be analyzed in this essay are the ideas that women are somehow inferior to men, the weaker sex, both mentally and physically; they are self-sacrificing mothers and wives and that they are dependent on men. This is seen in the play Medea, set in Greece during a time that was dominated by men. Women could only, under exceptional conditions, obtain a divorce yet any Greek man could rid himself of a wife simply by publicly renouncing his marriage....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Candaian Theatre

- Canadian identity has always been difficult to define. This definition is essential in order to evaluate theatre in Canada. French Canadians appear to have no difficulty in establishing their own identity, both on and off the stage, as they share a distinct tradition. We, as English-Canadians, have continued to define ourselves by reference to what we are not, American, rather than in terms of our own national history and tradition. For English Canadians, this tradition comes not from the nation but instead from community and region....   [tags: Papers]

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Henrik Ibsen Marrital Relationships

- Henrik Ibsen Marrital Relationships In Henrik Ibsen’s plays, A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler he develops marital relationships between characters along with the plays plot. Having unique characteristics the different actors respond differently to the situations given to them. I will be analyzing these marital relationships between characters while comparing and contrasting these results between the three plays. The areas that I will be examining include gender roles, social influences and expectations, interpersonal dynamics and the context of motherhood....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Transition between Romantic Era to Realism Movement

- In the late eighteenth century, a movement spread throughout the world that was known as the Romantic Era. The works of authors, artists, and musicians were influenced by emotions and imagination. Characters in literature during that time period heavily relied on impulses to guide them in their decisions. Whether it is the logical choice or not, they followed their hearts instead. The image that Romanticism created was one of a perfect, unrealistic lifestyle because of the worship to the beauty of nature and human emotions....   [tags: realist era, romanticism, realism]

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Acting Techniques Reflection

- Although it is hard to fully discuss acting methods that we have only touched on in class through brief workshops and discussions, and although it seemed, at times, that the distinctions between a few of the methods were rather vague, I nonetheless have an idea of certain tools hat will help my acting and in which circumstances specific tools would prove most useful; most of the techniques we explored offered at least some sort of benefit—Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, Meisner, and even Strasburg had illustrative insights—and the workshops we worked with during the Hedda discussions also were helpful....   [tags: Reflection]

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'Evolution or Revolution' - Recurring ideas in Ibsen, O'Neill and Shepard

- Evolution or Revolution. Recurring themes, ideas and conventions in the dramas of Ibsen, O'Neill and Shepard. Throughout the history of drama, playwrights have appropriated the ideas of their predecessors for their own use, sometimes building on them and making the idea their own. American drama is no exception. American drama has its roots firmly entrenched in modern European drama, this is illustrated through the influence of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen on American playwright Eugene O'Neill....   [tags: American Literature]

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Realism and Literature

- In the late eighteenth century, a movement spread throughout the world that was known as the Romantic Era. The works of authors, artists, and musicians were influenced by emotions and imagination. Characters in literature during that time period heavily relied on impulses to guide them in their decisions. Whether it be the logical choice or not, they followed their hearts instead. The image that romanticism created was one of a perfect, unrealistic lifestyle because of the worship to the beauty of nature and human emotions....   [tags: Rationalism, Logic]

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Henrik Ibsen's Influence on the World of Literature

- Henrik Ibsen Every time we go to the movies, read a book, or go see a play we are extending our undivided attention away from our everyday responsibilities and duties, to allow ourselves to get lost. Granting our minds the freedom to escape everyday normality or in some instances not so normal ways of life. We do this to enjoy ourselves and indulge in something bigger. Every word spoken, every notion and impression we are left with, was composed by someone with an idea. These people are called dramatist, scenarist, writers, or in this case more particularly a playwright....   [tags: Authors]

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Effects of Realism in Literature and Art

- Two significant time periods in literature and art were the periods of Romanticism and Realism. Before Realism was really brought into literature, Romanticism was the style of choice. Authors of the Romanticism phase generally depicted their characters as heartfelt and full of intuition. These characters were most often known to follow their own hearts instead of their logic. Authors were responsible for building characters who “placed greater emphasis on the value of intuition and imagination than on objective reason” (Keenan.) After the phase of Romanticism, Realism came into play....   [tags: Europe, Russia, Romanticism]

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The Psychology of The Gambler

- The Psychology of The Gambler   In Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Gambler, we are presented with a novel whose protagonist is what we would call today a problem gambler.  The gambling mania of the story's hero, Alexei Ivanovitch, is a mirror of Dostoyevsky's own gambling compulsion.  The heroine, Polina Alexandrovna, represents a woman Dostoyevsky had as a real lover.  Polina is the stepdaughter of the General, who Alexei works for as a servant.  The General shows paranoia over gambling from the outset of the story.  He censures Alexei with respect to his care of the children, "I suppose you would like to take them to the Casino to play roulette?  Well, excuse my speaking so plainly, but I know...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Gambler]

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Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler

- Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler The literary character that I most readily identify with would be Dostoevsky's Alexei, The Gambler. I can relate to him because like me, he is a man of many passions. He is also all but helpless against his addiction to gambling. I have also felt helpless to certain circumstances in my life, as have we all. He is capable of much more than what his society allows him to be. That is to say he may be a lowly tutor, but he care's about justice and the atrocities committed by the "high-born" class....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky The Gambler Essays]

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A Selection from Perpetual Masquerade: Marriage,Sexuality and Suicide in Madame Bovary

- A Selection from Perpetual Masquerade: Marriage,Sexuality and Suicide in Madame Bovary Introduction: the Heroine’s Dilemma The essence of the happenings of ordinary contemporary life seemed to Flaubert to consist not in tempestuous actions and passions, not in demonic men and forces, but in the prolonged chronic state whose surface movement is mere empty bustle, while underneath it there is another movement, almost imperceptible but universal and unceasing, so that the political, economic, and social subsoil appears comparatively stable and at the same time intolerably charged with tension.1 The high incidence of suicide among women who people nineteenth-century fiction and drama, as ill...   [tags: Research Papers]

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Movie Essays - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary on Film

- Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary on Film        The figure of Emma Bovary, the central character of Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary, caused both cheers of approval and howls of outrage upon its publication, and continues to fascinate modern literary critics and film makers. Is she a romantic idealist, striving for perfect love and beauty in dull bourgeois society. Is she a willful and selfish woman whose pursuit of the good life brings about her own destruction and that of her family....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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The Caretaker by Pinter

- The Caretaker by Pinter: A Play Can Be Confrontational, Challenging and Disturbing to the Values and Assumptions of An Audience. Discuss With close Reference The Caretaker, written by the British playwright Harold Pinter in the late 1950's and early 1960's disrupts the audiences perceptions of existence and their understandings of it. The play deconstructs perceived notions and conceptions of reality, and disturbs the audiences perception of their own identity and place within a world which is primarily concerned with the search and need for identity....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Henrik Ibsen

- 	Henrik Ibsen was born in the Stockman Building in Skien, Norway. He spent part of his childhood on Venstøp Farm after his father went bankrupt. In 1843, he was apprenticed to a chemist in Grimstad. That was when he began writing satire and elegant poems in the style of the time. He wrote his first play in 1849, a five-act tragedy in verse, Catiline, which was published in 1850 under the pseudonym Brynjolf Bjarme. The Warrior's Barrow was written and performed in 1850, as the first of Ibsen's plays to reach the stage....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbolism in The House of Seven Gables

- Symbolism in The House of Seven Gables                 Literature reflects life, and the struggles that each of us must face. Great authors incorporate life's problems into their literature directly and indirectly.  The author bluntly tell us a story, however, he or she may also use symbols to relay to us a message in a more subtle manner.  In Nathaniel Hawthorne's book The House of Seven Gables symbolism is used to enhance the story being told, by giving us a deeper insight into the author's intentions in writing the story....   [tags: House of the Seven Gables Essays]

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The Character of Judge Pyncheon Revealed in Hawthorne's The House of Seven Gables

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of Seven Gables, reveals Judge Pyncheon’s character in a strategic manner to show the shallowness in Judge Pyncheon’s good deeds. The author uses the position of details, diction, and tone to express his dislike for Judge Pyncheon’s character and also to reveal the judges character as two-fold, first good, then evil. Nathaniel Hawthorne strategically reveals Judge Pyncheon’s seemingly good side to the reader in order to show how “fake” Pyncheon really is....   [tags: The House of Seven Gables]

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Jane Austen

- She puts to rest her pots and pans and takes a new stand. She is conniving and explicit in her manipulative ways. She cares deeply for her beloved children. She fears not being headstrong and liberal-minded, and she truly believes that her epiphanies are gospel truth to her own life. Most important of all, she takes action, is heroic in her boldness to fix the wrong, and does not hesitate to look back on what she leaves behind. In his nineteenth century plays, Henrik Ibsen portrays Norwegian women sharing and contrasting many, and more, of these strong qualities....   [tags: essays research papers]

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