How to Write Literature Term Papers - Hedda Gabler Paper In MLA Style
Summary: Discuss the raalistic and antirealistic aspects on this play & compare it to Ibsen's "A Dolls House"
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen was and is held to be about women's rights while Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler is about sexual frustration or neurosis among the upper class or the tensions of caste Hedda Gabler covers the whole of the period during which Ibsen was preoccupied with the problems of personal and social morality in the world immediately about him. In A Doll's House the subject is the lie in domestic life; the book shows the destruction of a marriage by an unreal and insincere relationship between husband and wife. There is a ray of hope still in A Doll's House
Hedda Gabler, the last and poetically richest of the social plays, is also the most mysterious. It was surely possible at the time and remains possible to think of Hedda as a decadent aristocrat chafing under the pettiness of her bourgeois marriage and surroundings, or as a deeply neurotic woman whose sexual aggressiveness masks a radical frigidity. When reviewers wrote that the trouble with such women is that they don't ordinarily kill themselves, he was of course partly subscribing to a view of the play as a sociological character study. Yet beneath its surface, under the mercilessly accurate portraits and the exact iconography of domestic crisis, Ibsen was trying to fashion something else: a new kind of tragi-comedy, more metaphysical than it is comfortable for us to think, whose elements are energy turned in on itself and being wrestling with its tendency to dissolution.
- Ibsen, Henrik, A Doll's House, Prestwick House, Inc., 2005.
- Ibsen, Henrik, Hedda Gabler, trans. William Archer and Edmund Gosse, Echo Library, 2006.
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