Why is Hedda Gabler frustrated?

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In the most superficial analysis, Hedda is frustrated because her marriage has turned out badly. Her husband is a seemingly benign and pleasant man, but he is also remote and nerdish in an exaggerated way that would drive most spouses insane. He obviously cares more about his own intellectual work than about his wife, and he's also unrealistically self-effacing, especially when his chief concern becomes of one attempting to re-create his academic rival (also wife's ex-lover) Eilert's "brilliant" manuscript.

A deeper problem is the position of women in...

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