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Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Theatre History II presentation for Dr. Strum

Gordon Jones

on 15 March 2013

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Transcript of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

A DOLL HOUSE SUMMARY Hedda Gabler, an aristocratic, masculine, and power seeking woman, is forced by her society to marry the dull and ignorant George Tesman. Like a square peg forced to fit into a round hole, Hedda is unhappy with her dreary life, and turns to manipulating others to gain the power she craves. Throughout the play it is revealed that Hedda is pregnant, which she resents, and in the end she commits suicide killing both herself and her unborn child. ORIGINAL REVIEWS THOUGHT PROVOKING... WHO'S WHO The Tesmans and friends are not your average group... Emily Donegan
Liz Treimanis
Talia Green
Kat Luetters HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen Hedda (Gabler) Tesman Objective: Power.
Obstacle: Society.

Hedda is bored with her life, and manipulates people to fill the void.She is so obsessed with mascuinity that her femininity terrifies her. George Tesman Objective: Appease his wife
Obstacle: Ignorance

Tesman is drab and completely blind to Hedda's true feelings (and everything else, for that matter.) Eilert Løvborg Objective: Redeem himself, become a successful writer
Obstacle: Hedda

Løvborg is a recovering alcoholic who has written an incredible book that he hopes to get published. In the past he had been romantically involved with Hedda. Mrs. Elvsted Objective: Help Eilert, win his heart
Obstacle: Hedda Mrs. Elvsted is a more classical woman than Hedda. She is sweet and meek, and had known Hedda in school and feared her. Judge Brack Objective: Hedda
Obstacle: Tesman

Brack often drops in to visit the Tesmans. He is not a particularly desirable character, and is not above manipulation to get what he wants. Miss Juliana Tesman (Aunt Julie) Objective: Babies
Obstacle: Hedda

Aunt Julie is not liked by Hedda but is very dear to Tesman and often comes over to tell the couple to have kids. A woman stuck in
a position forced upon
her by society. Nora Hedda The 'traditional man'. Unaware
of the wife’s feelings,
personality, and capability. Torvald Krogstad Eilert Løvborg Dr. Rank Judge Brack A blast from the wife's past. Mrs. Linde Mrs. Elvsted Character Comparisons -Intelligent
-Doesn't know herself
-Changes her fate by leaving -Intelligent
-Knows herself very well
-Chances her fate by suicide -Belittles Nora to maintain role
-Unaware of the true Nora
-Trophy wife Tesman -Idolizes Hedda
-Unaware of everything
-Trophy wife The couple’s 'friend' who
drops by whenever he likes. -In love with Nora
-Actual mutual friendship -Wants an affair with Hedda
- Disliked by Hedda
- Scuzzy -Had been an old friend of Nora's -Had been afraid of Hedda -Tries to redeem himself from crime
-Main antagonist
-Connected to Nora through business -Tries to redeem himself from alcoholism
-Had been in a romantic relationship with Hedda Other Comparisons Wife's friend's lover, also
has a secret connection
to the wife Gender
Roles Nora had grown up believing these roles, and found they were wrong later in life. Hedda had always
been aware of her role and resented it Torvald is intent on keeping up appearances. The whole conflict had been a result of gender roles. The men exploit their power to get what they want. Suicide Nora considers suicide, but opts to go find herself instead. Hedda commits suicide as both a statement and a way out, and also convinces Løvborg to do it as well. The Inner Room Is never seen, but is used for creating different senses of privacy. Is seen, and is used more. Also creates senses of privacy. WHEN & WHERE Tesman's house (living room or family room), and a smaller side room. Oslo, Norway, late 1800s THEMES PHILOSOPHICAL IDEAS CONCEPT: Modern Day Iran The Effects of Gender Roles
-Hedda is very independent and society does not encourage her to be.

-In Victorian society, a woman had virtually no rights.

-Hedda desires to be more masculine because men are in power. What is the importance of self-fulfillment? -Hedda has very low expectations for her marriage and life

-If she were able to accomplish what she wants, would she be as hostile?

-Was her need for power really worth three lives? Is suicide an act of bravery or cowardice? A constant need for power can drive a person insane. -The actress who played Hedda misinterpreted the part

-It threw off the balance of the play

-The actress who played Mrs. Elvsted was more truthful, and her character came across as stonger which was not how it should be

-Received both applause and boos from the audience

-Ibsen called to the stage many times "The main problem cannot be dispelled: the casting of the main role. The Munich Court Stage simply has no actress who can play the part of Hedda Gabler. It is already no small task to speak Ibsen’s language, but the real difficulties begin with developing an Ibsenesque character, and indeed this Hedda Gabler, to unify her larger-than-life attributes and miserable tension into a believable, living whole. " Marie Conrad-Ramlo, who played Mrs. Elvsted,
was the actress who originally played Nora. COOL EXTRAS Original Poster "If Eilert Løvborg Wrote a Love Song It Would Sound Like This" Won't if you stand for love
Won't you stand my life
And wont you shut the door just to show you care
Cause I don't want to write
If you don't want to read it
If you got to go and want to take with you
My loneliness
Take with you my loneliness -Up to the audience, no opinion expressed -Last chance to have control? An act of beauty? -The easy way out -Must keep in mind that she also killed her child -Her need for power went unfulfilled, and she went to every extent to get it -Women must be covered at all times, and wear traditional clothing

-Men must wear modest clothing, although nowhere near as restrictive as women's

-Shows the gender imbalance of the play SKETCHES
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