Hedda Gabler Questions and Answers
by Henrik Ibsen

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In Hedda Gabler, Hedda's faults are glaringly apparent. What factors have caused her to act the way she does?

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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 destructive in her relationships, Hedda ultimately destroys herself, as well. As her character is developed in the play, Hedda victimizes others, while seeming to be a victim herself of social forces beyond her control.

Hedda Gabler's behavior is more masculine than feminine, as femininity is generally defined. She is aggressive and domineering, although by necessity she masks these traits through deception and deliberate role-playing. Growing up under the influence of her father, a stern general, Hedda pursued masculine activities, riding and shooting. She did not have a nurturing female presence in...

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