What do you think happens to Thea and George Tesman a year after the play is over? What happens after Hedda is gone? I would love some ideas as a starting point. They can be as crazy and hypothetical as need be. Thanks so much...
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I agree with number 3. Sometimes authors and playwrights have been forced to rewrite their endings in the past to satisfy out innate need for a happy ending. Life does not work out that way though. I think things will go on as they did, because a happy ending is not likely.
I like the ending proposed in #2 and the way it captures typical Ibsen optimism. I would like to imagine a happier ending for George and Thea, but I think that there is a sense in which the tragedy of the play is too powerful to be conveniently swept under the carpet by a happy ending. Such events and tragic consequences will undoubtedly stretch on down to impact other characters and their future, and so perhaps the inestimable kplhardison is correct. I would personally want Thea to go into an asylum, as death seems to be an easy escape and not as tragic.
One possible scenario is that, after working on reconstructing Eilert Lovborg's destroyed manuscript, George finally drops his guard and tells Thea that it was in fact Hedda who burned and destroyed Lovborg's manuscript. At this news, one might expect Thea to lose psychological and emotional control, as that is what Ibsen's characters tend to do, and either take her life or be consigned to an asylum. This would thus round off the tragedy.
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