Hedda Gabler And Nora Helmer: Two Peas In A Pod

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In the play Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House, Ibsen tackles sociological issues that were troubling in the 19th century. The main problem both Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House refer to is the position of women in society. This issue is represented by the main characters of both plays: Nora Helmer and Hedda Gabler. At first glance, Nora Helmer and Hedda Gabler are complete opposites, but both women are actually quite similar in how they coped with their very limited life opportunities, and in the way they were victims of being women in the 19th century. In this essay, the first thing discussed will reflect how Nora and Hedda are different. The second topic discussed will present how these women ...view middle of the document...

Nora embodied the traits of the typical woman and for a long time in her life, enjoyed it, but Hedda was very displeased with her gender's role and embodied the traits of a man.
At the end of the play A Doll's House, we find out that Nora was not truly happy just being a housewife, similarly to Hedda whom consistently showed her distain for being a wife. Both women use their fantasies to satisfy their need for a more fulfilling life. Hedda Gabler is the more obvious of the two. Hedda's obvious fantasy of being in control is relevant throughout the entire play. She manipulates and builds the entire plot of the play, even dreaming of how Lovborg's death could be done "beautifully" (HB, 59). Her fantasy of drama and control is what keeps her going through her boring life. Only once she loses her fantasy does she use the greatest act of control to regain it. Nora, similarly, uses her fantasies to distract her, or rather set herself apart from the other housewives of the time. She believes her loving relationship is the purest of the pure. She fantasizes about how one day something will trigger Torvald to show his true love "I have waited so patiently for eight years... Then this horrible misfortune came upon me; and then I felt quite certain that the wonderful thing was going to happen at last" (ADH, 69). Both Nora and Hedda use their fantasies to entertain themselves. It is interesting to see that the moment both of them lost their fantasies is the moment they both decided to change their life forever.
The biggest similarity that both protagonists have are the fact that...

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