What do you think of Hjalmar's attitude in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck?"

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In Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck", the character Hjalmar Ekdal is portrayed as essentially passive, always taking the path of least resistance. Although he constantly talks and thinks about inventing an important photographic device, he has not actually invented it and it is unlikely that he will ever do so. He lets his wife do most of the work in his business, and also lets her shelter him from reality. His reaction to his discovery of Gina's affair and his treatment of Hedvig show his attitude to be extremely self-centred, and more concerned with external appearances than inner worth.