Hedda Gabler | Study Guide

Henrik Ibsen

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Hedda Gabler | Characters

Character Description
Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler is a strong-willed, but rather aloof, woman in her late 20s. Bored by her own comfortable, uneventful life, she sets about stirring up drama in the lives of those around her. Read More
George Tesman George Tesman is a cheerful, naïve scholar in his early 30s. His middling abilities as a historian are overshadowed by his near-obsessive enthusiasm for the subject. Read More
Mrs. Elvsted Mrs. Thea Elvsted is an old schoolmate of Hedda Gabler's and a few years younger than her. Sentimental and vulnerable, she quickly lets her guard down and admits Hedda into her confidence. Read More
Judge Brack Judge Brack is a polite but amoral man in his mid-40s and a longstanding admirer of Hedda Gabler's. His fondness for her takes a darkly manipulative turn toward the end of the play. Read More
Eilert Lövborg Eilert Lövborg is a youngish historian whose talent and vision greatly exceed those of his rival George Tesman. An alcoholic in recovery, Eilert finds his fresh start jeopardized after Hedda Gabler tempts him to drink. Read More
Miss Juliana Tesman Miss Juliana Tesman is a pleasant and considerate woman of about 65. After her brother's death, she raised George Tesman as her own child; thus, she finds his marriage a bittersweet occasion. Read More
Berta Berta is the middle-aged housekeeper for George Tesman, whom she has looked after since childhood. Quiet and unassuming for the most part, she serves mainly to introduce people in their comings and goings at the Tesman residence.
Mademoiselle Diana Mademoiselle Diana is a local madam whose brothel is the site of Eilert Lövborg's fall into disgrace. Diana does not appear on stage.
Aunt Rina Aunt Rina is George Tesman's invalid aunt and Miss Juliana Tesman's sister. She does not appear on stage.
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