Hedda Gabler Play Review
HeddaGabler Play Review
HenrikIbsen`s play, HeddaGabler,is a drama about a newlywed, Hedda Tesman. Tesman faces a struggle inher life, which she finds to be devoid of enchantment and excitement. The setting of the play is in the 1890s in a villa belonging toJorgen Tasmania in Kristiania, Norway.
WhenI first read the play, I found its title to be fitting since HeddaGabler, is her maiden name. This is despite the fact that hermarriage name is Hedda Tesman. This is a good aspect of the playsince the main theme revolves around Hedda’s difficulty andalienation from her marriage life. Her troubled marriage is broughtinto context in Act 1 when she ignores her husband, Tesman, when hetells her,
…Nowyou shall see them, Hedda! (Referring to his beloved slippers),
Butshe replies by saying,
Thanks,I really don’t care about it.
Theauthor’s intention was to regard her not as her husband’s wife,but her father’s daughter. The historic setting of the play is alsosignificant at par with the plot. Ibsen wrote the play in the 1890s,which is regarded as the turning point in women’s lives. He hassucceeded in giving us a definite, complete and final point of view.Through Hedda, the strange, selfish and sensitive heroine, hepresents a brilliant and subtle conception of womanhood.
However,there is also a downside to Ibsen’s play. I cannot relate to thecharacter, Hedda, since it is unlikely that she can exist in the realworld. A woman who disrespects her husband and is not reprimanded bythe society for going against her duty is highly unlikely. Thecharacterization of Hedda had another negative effect to me. Hernature is abnormal and perverted. She is not a representation ofwomanhood.
Despitethe mixed reviews that the play aroused in me, it has still managedto capture my imagination. It is enjoyable for its dramatic plots. Ithas proved to be popular many as well.
Ibsen,Henrik. HeddaGabler and other plays.Penguin UK, 1950.
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