What is the role of women in Henrick Ibsen's plays, especially in "Hedda Gabler"?

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Ibsen wrote many plays that challenged Victorian (19thC) notions of women, sometimes creating characters in the form of the “New Woman,” a term used in the press of the day to describe the woman who dared to challenge traditional behavior of women by becoming authoritative, unhappy with their conventional live, and conflicted between wanting to be “womanly” and yet live outside the boundaries of that definition of the time.  Like many “New Woman”...

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