This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Place Of Women In Society In Henrik Ibsen's Play Hedda Gabler

1281 words - 5 pages

In the 19th Century, there arose a widespread question concerning the place of the women in the society. It led to increasing complaints, and debates for women to have a say in the political, economical and social arena. The debate was what was referred to as women question which struggled to define the position of women in the society. The debate was divided into whether the women should have a greater political, economic and social opportunities or whether the women belonged in their home as family caretakers.
The debate about the place of women in the society became a major focus in the social, political and economic arena because of the numerous changes experienced in the European society. This change was mainly brought about by the industrial revolution and the development of capitalism. This led to an increase in women’s labor opportunities in the vast growing industries, but they were often employed for less pay as compared to the male counterparts. The increasing development in women’s labor in the industries started to challenge the traditional notion that the women belonged to the house and that they were economically inferior. Additionally, the opening up of the education sector to increase the educational opportunities of the women led to some pursuing higher education amidst opposition.
Moreover, due to legal and social prohibitions, traditionally established, and scientific theories depicting the women as mentally or physically weak, posed great challenges to the economic, social or political advancement of women in the society. This was evidence because of the numerous challenged the educated women faced while practicing their profession. These challenges made the women team up to champion for their freedom and greater recognition in the society. In the second half of the 19th Century, change started to be seen as women got greater opportunities to pursue higher education. The woman question serves as one of the major points of contention in the Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Hedda Gabler.” In this assignment, we shall discuss the how the main character Hedda Gabler brings out the different issues experienced by women in the pursuit of the women question (Ibsen 781-838).
Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Hedda Gabler,” was published in the year 1890 during a period when the women liberalization was a topic of discussion in the then industrialized countries especially the European countries. During this period, term "New Woman" was commonly used to refer to women who were trying to liberate themselves from the societal limits imposed on women. While New Woman sought for self liberation, determination, equality with males, and a real understanding and control of their sexuality, the Old Woman was stuck in the traditional believes of self-sacrifice, caretaker of the husband and children, and understood sexuality in terms of childbearing.
The author of this play Henrik Ibsen portrays the main character Hedda as a model of the "New Woman." Throughout...

Find Another Essay On The Place of Women in Society in Henrik Ibsen's Play Hedda Gabler

Comparing and Contrasting the Purpose of Self-Punishment in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

1356 words - 5 pages Characters that stand out are the ones that commit ludicrous actions such as self-punishment, to convey curiosity and to make a story more creative and entertaining. Self-punishment is something that both Sophocles and Henrik Ibsen incorporated into their stories, it is a way of relieving pain, suffering or an act of avoidance, which is portrayed in the play Oedipus Rex (429BC) and Hedda Gabler (1890). Hedda Gabler and Oedipus both find a way of

Beauty and the Power of Words in Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

1693 words - 7 pages Hedda Gabler as a character speaks against the patriarchy of 19th century Europe through her desire for beauty, her power of over words, and her silence. During the first matinee performances in London in the early 1890’s, one of the women who watched the performance exclaimed, “Hedda is all of us” (Moi 436). In a society constructed by men, Hedda Gabler take the lead role in the story named after her. Henrik Isben gave Hedda’s character a

Pursuit of Freedom Depicted in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Albert Camus’ The Stranger

1520 words - 6 pages One’s own Freedom is what one desires to control the most in life. Yet in both Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Hedda and Meursault do not have this influence over themselves, because external factors force them to live their lives according to the society they live in. In both Hedda Gabler and The Stranger the main character are constantly reminded of the life they do not want through ordinary objects that typically

Symbols, Symbolism and Feminism in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

3671 words - 15 pages Symbolism and Feminism in Hedda Gabler       Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House painted the picture of a strong and independent woman standing up to an oppressive and dominating society; the lead character, Nora, abandons not only her husband, but her entire family, in an effort to discover herself and become a liberated woman.  The play is known for its universal appeal, and the strong blow it dealt to a male-dominated society, by showing not

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

1127 words - 5 pages “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” (Milton, Paradise Lost). What I believe Milton meant by this is that people project what they believe to be right; therefore, the mind can make heaven into hell if that is what the mind believes. In “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen, Hedda is consistently making things worse for herself because she believes she is not getting enough attention; therefore, she

Nora Helmer versus Hedda Gabler in Male Dominated Society

1215 words - 5 pages There has been a long history of women’s oppression by men in many traditional societies throughout the world. Society gave women an ideal image to follow: getting married, having a family and taking care of the family. Some women submit to the image, but certain individual stands against it. In Henrik Ibsen’s stories of Hedda Gabler and A Doll House, we witness examples of a single individual against the overwhelming society. Nora left her

Cooperative Principle Analysis on Hedda Gabler Play

702 words - 3 pages . Hedda does not explain to her partner Brack what she actually means of this sentence whether she hates her husband or she does not want him or she might be hate to hear this word, therefore, she does not want him to use it. She does not give the explanation to her partner why she does not want from him to use this word "Love" so it makes it ambiguous.  In the play we see Hedda Gabler to juede Brack stuck the pistol and inter wants access to the home. Hedda refers the pistol to Brack and this shows her courage and raises her attention.

Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House"

752 words - 3 pages In Henrik Ibsen's play, "A Doll's House", the central theme is Nora's rebellion against society and everything that was expected of her. Nora shows this by breaking away from all the standards and expectations that her husband and society had set up for her. In her time, women were not supposed to be independent. They were to support their husband, take care of their children, cook, clean, make everything perfect around the house, and do

Comparing A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen and Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen

1985 words - 8 pages The feminist Lois Wyse once stated, “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” Women should express remorse for their strengths, when men should feel guilt when exposing their weaknesses. Wyse believed that women should have been able to show their strengths in their oppressive societies instead of covering them up. The 19th century setting in the two plays, A Doll House and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children

1192 words - 5 pages Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children present two strongly defined female heroines whose actions not only adversely affect the other characters’ lives but also suggest a fundamental problem with their societies. Both playwrights establish the macroscopic view of society’s ills in the microscopic, individual

Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen and Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

909 words - 4 pages Flaubert’s novel emphasize upon women that struggle with what can and cannot be done in their society. The protagonists Hedda Gabler in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Emma Bovary of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary are estranged individuals thwarted by society. Many of Ibsen’s plays highlight a character’s need for freedom and their struggle with isolation within their society as portrayed in Hedda Gabler. Society causes Hedda to think and act the way she does

Similar Essays

The Character Of Hedda Gabler In Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

1443 words - 6 pages Hedda's past life, the life of Hedda Gabler.               All psychologists must agree that the past is prelude to the present and Ibsen's play is rich in sporadic glimpses into Hedda's past.  Hedda is the product of aristocratic birth.  She is, as I mentioned earlier, the daughter of General Gabler, whose portrait hangs over this play not unlike the portrait of the absent father in Williams' The Glass Menagerie.  And in case we have

Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

1395 words - 6 pages The unmistakable dominance of men during the nineteenth century is an influential factor in the establishment of the central theme of Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. Due to Hedda’s lack of independence, she develops a strong desire for control. The direct relationship between Hedda’s marriage with George and her sly, manipulative characteristics is manifested by Ibsen during the work. Ibsen also exposes weakness in Mrs. Elvsted through her

Oppression In Ibsen's Hedda Gabler Essay

841 words - 3 pages Oppression in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler One of the social issues dealt with in Ibsen's problem plays is the oppression of women by conventions limiting them to a domestic life. In Hedda Gabler the heroine struggles to satisfy her ambitious and independent intellect within the narrow role society allows her. Unable to be creative in the way she desires, Hedda's passions become destructive both to others and herself. Raised by a general (Ibsen 1444

Plight Of The Wives: The Role Of Wives In Ibsen's Dollhouse And Hedda Gabler

1071 words - 4 pages A dramatist living in a society centered around social standards, Henrik Ibsen produced plays about his world as he saw it. With plays such as "The Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler," Isben gave audiences of the future a look into aspects of nineteenth-century Norwegian middle class life -- particularly the life of a married couples. In each of these two plays, individual couples are faced with trivial issues of great importance.Each marriage