Why is Lovborg's manner of death in Hedda Gabler significant and why does it upset Hedda?
The significance of Lovborg's death is that it destroys Hedda's notions of free will. When she hears about Lovborg's death, Hedda initially assumes that he's killed himself, thus confirming her conception of what it means to be free. But when it turns out that Lovborg was actually shot by someone else, that notion immediately collapses. That's why Hedda finds the manner of Lovborg's death so upsetting. There was nothing free about it at all.
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