In Hedda Gabler, why is Hedda considered a female Hamlet?
The differences in character between Hedda Gabler and Hamlet, the Danish prince, are numerous and clearly evident to readers, but Ibsen's tragic heroine shares some interesting similarities with Shakespeare's tragic hero.
Like Hamlet, Hedda Gabler is trapped in circumstances not of her making. She was born into a society which imposes strict mores upon her because she is a woman. Her life and her choices are tremendously limited. She must marry so that a man will support her; she is expected to have children, although she abhors the idea. She must behave in a respectable manner,...
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