Ibsen exposed other stresses of modern life by showing the inner pressures and conflicts that inhibit and even destroy the individual. Some of these pressures stem from conditioning, i. John Northam distinguishes the opposing elements within the individual as the social self and the essential self. The social self is the persona which conforms to the demands of family, friends, community, and society and which an individual generally develops for acceptance or as a protection.
Table of Contents Summary The entire play takes place in the Tesman's living room and in a smaller room to its side. They have just returned from a six-month honeymoon. Hedda is aristocratic and hard to please. Throughout the play, it becomes apparent that Hedda is pregnant.
At the beginning of Act 1, Tesman wakes to find his Aunt Julle has arrived for a visit. Aunt Julle raised Tesman and still supports him financially. When Hedda enters, however, she is rather rude to Aunt Julle.
Tesman asks her to be kinder, but she clearly has little real interest in him either. Eventually, Hedda gets Tesman to leave, and she convinces Mrs.
Elvsted to confide in her. She learns that Mrs. Elvsted is scared Ejlert will start drinking again and also that she has come to look for him without her husband's permission.
Elvsted leaves and Judge Brack arrives. Judge Brack brings gossip from town, most notably that Ejlert is quite a success and may be poised to take the position at the university that Tesman is counting on getting himself.
He leaves, and Tesman tells Hedda that they will have to cut back on their expenses. When Brack returns later that day, in Act 2, he finds Hedda playing with her pistols, out of boredom. They talk privately for a while and agree that they should form a close, personal bond.
Hedda tells Brack how bored she was on her honeymoon and how she has no special feeling for the house Tesman has gone to great lengths to buy for her, under the false impression that she desperately wanted to live there. Soon, Tesman arrives and talk turns to the stag party that Brack is throwing later that night.
Hedda plays Ejlert and Mrs.
Elvsted against each other, making Ejlert think the other was worried he would begin drinking again. At this hint, he begins to drink and decides to join Tesman and Brack as they leave for the party.
Elvsted is very upset, but Ejlert promises to return in a few hours to escort her home. Act 3 begins just before dawn, with Mrs. Elvsted sitting up, still waiting for Ejlert to return. Hedda is asleep on the couch. Soon, she awakes and sends Mrs. Elvsted in to sleep on her bed.
Tesman arrives and tells his wife that he has possession of Ejlert's fabulous manuscript, which Ejlert dropped while walking home drunk. Tesman plans to return it to him but is called away, hearing that his Aunt Rina is dying. Brack arrives and tells Hedda that Tesman left before Ejlert got into real trouble, that indeed he has been arrested.
Brack leaves, and Ejlert arrives. He tells a shocked Mrs. Elvsted that he has destroyed his manuscript. She is crushed and leaves immediately. Then, Ejlert confesses to Hedda that he has, in fact, lost the manuscript and that he wants to kill himself.
Hedda does not tell him she has the manuscript; she simply gives him one of her pistols and tells him to have a beautiful death.Hedda Gabler Tesman The main character, newly married and bored with both marriage and life.
She is the daughter of General Gabler. She is the daughter of General Gabler. George Tesman Hedda's husband, an academic . Characterization of Hedda Gabler Placed in similar crises as previous Ibsen heroines, Hedda Gabler faces an impasse in her life.
Sharing Nora's craving for freedom and Mrs. Alving's compliance with social conventions, Hedda finds no outlet for her personal demands; she is constantly torn between her aimless desire for freedom and her commitment to standards of social appearance.
Tools of Characterization Character Analysis Physical Appearance.
We think it’s interesting that George, Aunt Julie, and Thea are all blondes, whereas Brack, Hedda, and Eilert are brunettes. Hedda Gabler is a fascinating woman, and the flaws in her character are obvious and dramatic.
She is narcissistic, willful, and manipulative, acting beyond the bounds of ethical behavior.
Cold and. Character Profiles. Hedda Gabler is the daughter of a famous military general, and at the time the play begins is technically named Hedda Tesman—but Ibsen’s use of Hedda’s maiden name in the title is singularly apt, for Hedda (by her own admission) has not joined her husband’s family; and, indeed, is thoroughly uninterested in doing so.
She is her . Hedda Gabler Hedda, the daughter of the great General Gabler and the pregnant wife of Jörgen Tesman, is a beautiful, aristocratic, intelligent woman, loaded with social grace and a steely, clear, dispassionate charisma.