HEDDA GABLER, JØRGEN TESMAN AND THE MASKS OF ENVY

The props. Hedda's inheritance from General Gablerseems to consist of his portrait, his guns, and the piano; they arefrom her pre-Tesman life. All three acquire significant meanings as theplay progresses.

The character of Hedda Gabler centers around society and social issues.

In whatever terms we think of it Hedda Gabler's inheritance is death and despair, absence and loss. Experiencing herself as an uncreated void her 'unthought' project is to stage the scene of her own conception. Yet at the same time the play reveals in all its workings that Hedda has no 'inner image of psychic procreativity.' (Bollas, 1993, p.84) While the play as a whole is struggling to create such an image the troubling enigma of the central character is that for her this same struggle constitutes a maddening aporia: to conceive the inconceivable. The logic by which the dilemma finds its resolution is even more strange. It is when she destroys everything - that is to say, herself and the future (her unborn child) - that Hedda Gabler finally succeeds in making her own idiomatic gesture. To destroy everything is to leave nothing left to want, nothing left to envy. If nothing is left to be reduced to nothing, something may begin to be. 'A terrible beauty is born', and a destiny is fatefully fulfilled.


Alas during Hedda Gabler’s setting, nothing changes....

Hedda Gabbler’s crippled emotionally draining life is the epicenter of the entire body of work.

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.


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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......

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Projected for us by Aunt Julle and Berte, our initial impression of the sexual couple is, it seems, perfectly wholesome. In every aspect of the play, however, benign impressions rapidly give way to a sense of unease, anxiety and menace. If the primal scene effects are complex and multi-layered, however, one reason for this is that while Hedda Gabler features as the female partner in that opening sequence, for much of the play she figures as the child-spectator. Her intimacy with Judge Brack, for instance, is constituted not so much by any mutual passion but by his feeding her sexual curiosity with gossip about the goings on in circles which are closed to her:

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A hint of Hedda's moral and emotional bankruptcy occurs withHedda's"involuntary smile of scorn" at Thea's having reformed or saved Lovborg(p.18). She has no interest in reclaiming Lovborg from alcoholism to aproductivelife. Nor does she value Thea's transformation as a result of herrelationshipwith Lovborg, who "has made a real human being of me--taught me tothink,and to understand so many things" (p. 18).

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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.