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Hedda Gabler Essay

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Hedda Gabler is a play with an undoubtedly interesting main character; Hedda herself. While she may have her faults, neurotic traits and undeniable issues it would be glaringly ignorant to ignore the fact that she is, above all a tragic victim. In order to properly showcase how Hedda falls somewhat perfectly into the mould of a tragic victim we must first figure out what exactly a tragic victim is. The most prominent and fitting description seems to come from the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his ‘Poetics’, while his definition is actually of a tragic hero instead of victim it is never the less still an extremely accurate definition and is still able to depict both victims and heroes equally well; he tells us that a tragic victim –or hero- is usually of noble birth, had a tragic flaw that usually leads to their downfall, be a character that the audience can relate to and feel pity or fear for and that the fall of the character is at least partially of their own making. By this definition Hedda is most certainly a tragic victim, and there is little room to argue against this.

According to Aristotle’s definition the victim should be of noble birth, and Hedda certainly does, while her lineage is not necessarily noble in a blue-blood sort of way it does still in fact leave her in a higher echelon of person. Her father, we are told, was a well-off general, his higher status reflects on to Hedda and this means that Hedda is the child of high society and her rank is somewhat equivalent to what Aristotle would have considered to be noble in ancient Greece. It is important to remember that while Aristotle’s definition may be the one we are working from but certain discrepancies are to be expected, Aristotle provided us with the archetype and Ibsen gives us his own interpretation.

While some people might argue that her tragic status should be dismissed because she put herself into the situation that eventually causes her demise, it would be foolish to disregard her entire character based on a few misguided decisions. Even if we take into account the definition Aristotle gives us and any modern interpretations of Heddas character, we cannot just blow her off as a whiny do-nothing; she is a product of her environment, her father and the lifestyle to which she had become accustomed. Most of her actions fit perfectly with the way her father would have raised her and one cannot be blamed for the characteristics that they learnt at the knee of a parent. Ibsen himself said on occasion that Hedda was “to be regarded rather as her father’s daughter than as her husbands wife” (Ibsen, Introduction) , and from this we are able to understand how difficult it would have been for Hedda to try to transition from her father’s lifestyle to her husbands, She acts according to her father’s lifestyle, not her husbands. While not all of the aspects of the tragic victim may fit with Heddas situation it seems ludicrous to refer to her as anything else, due to her status...

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