Do you think that Gregers wanted Hedvig to die in Henrik Ibsen`s The Wild Duck?

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It is unlikely that in Henrik Ibsen's play, The Wild Duck, that Gregers wanted Hedvig to die. His revelations about Gina's relationship with Hakon were intended purely because he believed that clearing the air and bringing the truth into the open would improve the relationships among the families. He was, of course, wrong, but he acted more out of ignorance than malice. Since it is likely that Greger is Hedvig's half-brother, his knowledge of the truth should have led to a sympathetic relationship. Overall, though, Gregers seems more concerned with relationships among the older generation. Hedvig's suicide seems a surprise to all the characters in the play.

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