Essay #4 Hedda Gabler

Essay #4 Hedda Gabler - Justin Joseph Eng 2850 3/15/2005...

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Justin Joseph 3/15/2005 Eng 2850 Essay # 4 Both Hedda Gabler and Thea Elvstead are as different as night and day. Hedda could be represented by day for she is portrayed as an aggressive, beautiful, and manipulative woman. On the other hand, Thea most likely represents the night for she is portrayed as passive, meek, and docile. Although both women are stark contrasts of each other, they share a mutual unhappiness as they both are frustrated and unsatisfied in their marriages. Hedda’s aggressive nature can be seen early in the play. In Act I, Thea and Hedda are reacquainted for the first time since high school. Thea remembers how cruel and aggressive Hedda used to be towards her. She tells Hedda how she used to be intimidated by her and how mean she was to her. “Whenever you met me on the staircase, you used to pull my hair,” said Thea to Hedda (1475). Thea also remembers how Hedda used to threaten to damage her hair when she said she would “burn it all off” (1475). Hedda’s manipulative nature is evident towards the end of the play. In Act 3, Hedda
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