The idea of status in the society described within

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is. The idea of status in the society described within the play is understood to be the most important thing to each character aside from Thea. The fear of being seen as anything but normal keeps many of the characters from setting out to do what they please, but Thea thrives on being deemed an outcast as she is now able to do whatever she pleases. Thea’s ability to have freedom in her choices stems from her lack of care in regard to how low she is thought of by her society. “They may say what they like, for aught I care. I have done nothing but what I had to do.” (pg 32) This quote said by Thea to Hedda follows Thea leaving her husband, whom has a high societal ranking, for Eilert Lovborg, a man who is the undermost in society. Through this quote, Thea exhibits her behavior of not caring what society will say about her, particularly about her leaving her husband of high standing. As it is often looked down upon in our society today, a woman leaving her husband for a man of lesser standing during the era in which Hedda Gabler takes place is cause for alienation. This casting out of Thea in her society is something that she knows will be her inevitable fate, which shows that her going through with leaving her husband for Lovborg further supports the idea that Thea has no regard for what society think of her.
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