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Henrik Ibsen

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hedda-gabler-henrik-ibsenHedda Gabler, Act IVh, what curse is it that makes everything I touch ludicrous and mean?Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Ibsens Selected Plays edited by Brian JohnstonCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Vine LeavesSymbolize Eilerts drinking, which Hedda sees as bold and romanticEilerts ManuscriptRepresents the bond between Eilert and Mrs. ElvstedPistolsRepresent Heddas defiance against threats of all kindsSymbolsHeddas oldest admirer; suave, worldly gentleman with a menacing streakJudge BrackBrilliant historian whose work outshines Georges; old flame of HeddasEilert LövborgWell-meaning but absentminded academic; loves but fails to understand HeddaGeorge TesmanCynical socialite; toys with others to fend off her sense of boredomHedda GablerMain CharactersAfter a short stint at dramatic poetry and comedies, Ibsen hit his stride as the author of brooding, realistic plays that challenged the hypocrisy of contemporary society. Hedda Gabler is one of Ibsens later dramas in this vein, following on the critical successes of A Dolls House (1879) and Ghosts (1881).HENRIK IBSEN18281906AuthorReturning from her honeymoon, Hedda Gabler feels the joy and romance slipping from her life. She seeks release by trying to control the lives of others but finds the tables turned when an old beau dies under mysterious circumstances.A Prisoner of Polite SocietyOVERVIEWThreatened with scandal, Hedda ends her life instead of submitting to blackmail.Act IV: A Defiant EndWorld-weary and cynical, Hedda pushes Eilert Lövborg to the brink of suicide.Acts II & III: A Tangled WebAfter less than a year of marriage, Hedda finds the thrill is gone.Act I: Honeymoons OverDano-NorwegianOriginal Language1891First PerformedHenrik IbsenAuthorHedda GablerPlayTragedy

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