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Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen

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Hedda Gabler, daughter of an aristocratic General, has just returned from her honeymoon with George Tesman, an aspiring young academic, reliable but not brilliant, who has combined research with their honeymoon. The reappearance of Tesman’s academic rival, Eilert Lovborg, throws their lives into disarray.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Give her my very best love, Auntie; and say I shall look in and see her later in the day.

MISS TESMAN.

Yes, yes, I'll be sure to tell her. But by-the-bye, George—[Feeling in her dress pocket]—I had almost forgotten—I have something for you here.

TESMAN.

What is it, Auntie? Eh?

MISS TESMAN.

[Produces a flat parcel wrapped in newspaper and hands it to him.] Look here, my dear boy.

TESMAN.

[Opening the parcel.] Well, I declare!—Have you really saved them for me, Aunt Julia! Hedda! isn't this touching—eh?

HEDDA.

[Beside the whatnot on the right.] Well, what is it?

TESMAN.

My old morning-shoes! My slippers.

HEDDA.

Indeed. I remember you often spoke of them while we were abroad.

TESMAN.

Yes, I missed them terribly. [Goes up to her.] Now you shall see them, Hedda!

HEDDA.

[Going towards the stove.] Thanks, I r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I want for once in my life to have power to mould a human destiny.

People are in other rooms, people sitting on sofas and people behind desks. Voices from other rooms and voices carry. People have their destinies as their children in hearts cold ashen wombs worth nothing until it thrown away. I d...more

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen was present at the world premiere, which took place on 31 January 1891 at the Residenztheater in Munich. It is recognized as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama...more

“It’s a release to know that in spite of everything a premeditated act of courage is still possible”—Hedda

"If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there"--Chekhov

I love this play. I decide...more

I have a ton of notes on this story. I enjoyed this one from what my notes say. Another English Lit find.

I really enjoyed this play and I really do like Ibsen's writings in general.

The main character, Hedda is something else, that's for sure!

Hedda Gabler is Ibsen's attempt to explore on the male and female inner selves, and how they conduct themselves according to their inner feelings and conflicts while being submissive to social restrictions and obligations. Unlike in A Doll's house, this is done from the perception of self rather...more

Hedda ~~ abrasive and openly sarcastic ~~ why have men tried to own her. She is intelligent. She's well‐born. She's also lethal, as we soon find out. Hedda is willful, insatiable, articulate, but no more demanding of others than she is of herself.

One of the problems with Ibsen's play is th...more

A couple of summers ago I read all of Ibsen’s plays in translation. My favourites were Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, and Rosmersholm. There is something so perfect about Hedda Gabler – whether it is Hedda’s character (her sarcasm, cynicism, her boredom) or the tightly-written narrative. I...more

Ibsen's plays are full of characters unhappy with the life they are socially expected to live and feel a wish to break away from it. A Doll's House is about a woman that chose to break away from such a life upon being disillusioned about it while Ghosts is about a woman who regrets missing the op...more


What is in a text, what was written, what we read, or, in the case of plays, what is acted out?

Continuing my theatre season, I attended a performance of Hedda Gabler, but read the text before hand, and listened in parallel to an excellent dramatized version .

I had watched another performance during my university...more

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