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Henrik Ibsen portrays a microcosm of nineteenth century Norwegian societyin his play Hedda Gabler Hedda the protagonist exhibits a mixture ofmasculine and feminine traits due to her unique upbringing under GeneralGabler and the social mores imposed upon her However although this societyvenerates General Gabler because of his military status his daughter Heddais not tolerated due to her non-conformity to the accepted genderstereotypes Heddas gender-inverted marriage to Jorgan Tesman her desirefor power and her use of General Gablers pistols are unacceptable in hersociety and motif of One doesnt do such a thing that is alluded toduring the play and expounded upon Heddas death that shows that Heddasuncertain stance between masculine and feminine gender roles and theirassociated traits is not tolerated by her society Ibsen employs a reversal of traditional gender roles within Hedda andJorgen Tesmans marriage to emphasises Heddas masculine traits Heddadisplays no emotion or affection towards her husband Jorgen This appearanceof indifference is a trait that is usually common to men Tesman - My oldmorning shoes My slippers lookI missed them dreadfully Now you shouldsee them Hedda Hedda - No thanks it really doesnt interest me Inanother gender role reversal Hedda displays a financial awareness whichher husband Jorgen does not posses Although Brack corresponds with Tesmanabout his honeymoon travels he corresponds with Hedda concerning thefinancial matters This is a role that is usually reserved for men Hedda does not only display traits which are definitively masculine orfeminine she also objects to and often defies the conventions establishedfor her gender by society She rejects references to her pregnancy as areminder of her gender Tesman - Have you noticed how plump Heddasgrown and how well she is How much shes filled out on our travelsHedda - Oh be quiet Hedda is reminded not only of her feminine role ofmother and nurturer here but also as wife and appendage to Tesman Andto think is was you who carried off Hedda Gabler The lovely HeddaGablernow that you have got
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