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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

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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 don't

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler is a play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

The title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.

Hedda, the daughter of an aristocratic and enigmatic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) f

“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 decided to listen to it since I h

Ibsen alcanza con Hedda Gabler las cotas más altas de su teatro. Gracias a este coctel de personalidades que es la obra, Ibsen consigue con Hedda su personaje más complejo y sugerente. Pero, ¿quién es Hedda Gabler? ¿Una hija de puta manipuladora, una niña caprichosa y cruel que se aburre, una fiera

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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!

It's a liberation to know that an act of spontaneous courage is yet possible in this world. An act that has something of unconditional beauty.
Hedda Gabler ~~ Henrik Ibsen

Hedda ~~ abrasive and openly sarcastic ~~ why have men tried to own her. She is intelligent. She's well‐born. She's also lethal, a

We read this in high school. We were sixteen, what did we know? Fifty years later it is the most awesome work. Godzilla loosed upon the innocent villagers. They don’t stand a chance. Stomp. Crash. Kaboom. It’s so cool. Go monster!


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

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