What is the status of women in reference to Hedda Gabler?  Explain.

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As reflected in the play, the status of women in Hedda's society is secondary to that of men in all respects, with the exception that they have the ability to bear children--their "natural role." The female characters in the play are presented as dependent daughters (Hedda's father plays a role even though he is long dead), wives, selfless nurturers (such as Thea and Juliana), or the prostitutes among whom Eilert dies.

The women in Hedda Gabler lack the means to support themselves financially. Although she lived a privileged life in her father's house, Hedda has no money of her own. She marries George because he offers her respectability and seems to offer her  financial security; his prospects look bright, at least, at the time of their marriage. Thea is supported by her husband, and therefore risks...

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