Is Hedda Gabler a courageous person or cowardly person?

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Hedda Gabler is a modern tragedy and Hedda, the character, is a tragic hero with a fatal flaw, her romanticism. In addition, Hedda is a very intelligent woman who is not well educated, but instead her unsatisfied curiosity has contributed to her arrested development. It is difficult to identify specific instances of courage in the play, and Hedda's various hostile acts support the idea that she is cowardly.

If we think about the action before the play takes place, however, we get a broader context for her behavior in the last day of her life. Ibsen gives us quite a lot of backstory that he wants us to consider.

Hedda was raised by a military father who would apparently have preferred a son, as he taught his daughter traditionally male skills and values. Yet her social and emotional development were not addressed, and she was married as teenager...

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