What does a comparison between the plays of Chekhov in The Cherry Orchard and Ibsen with Hedda Gabler tell us about the social changes happening at the end of the 19th century?

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In the works of Chekhov and Ibsen, it becomes clear that the shifting landscape of interpersonal dynamics helps to define the social changes taking place at the end of the 19th Century.  Both playwrights depict worlds in which motivations such as power and control lie at the basis of human consciousness and social change.  Such realities are evident in Hedda Gabler and The Cherry Orchard.

The shifting world of interpersonal dynamics is of vital importance to Ibesen's Hedda Gabler.  Even in the mere naming of his protagonist , Ibsen speaks to how social changes are an emergent reality at the end of the 19th Century: "My intention in giving it this name was to indicate that Hedda as a personality is to be regarded rather as her father's daughter than her husband's wife."  Within this idea, Ibsen speaks to how the social landscape is changing in terms of identity.  Ibsen articulates a multi- faceted notion of identity that exists within individuals of the 19th Century.  Human beings are...

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