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I think Hedda is the forerunner of the quintessential film noir chic--simultaneously tough and weak scheming continuously dissatisfied and bored with her own lot in life She never really loves but rather consumes She needs attention and has a pathological fear of being rejection She designs the entire plot that culminates in her old flames suicide because it is something to do--a game--and one that revolves around her Her own suicide galvanizes this idea--she notes her husbands growing affections for his level headed assistant and realizes probably always has that her impulsiveness is peavish She is also suspect--the game has been foiled for her and she is getting old no longer a woman worth chasing by Victorian standards And so she pulls the trigger Gablers living through others is classic women have been taught traditionally to define themselves in terms of their often subservient nurturing relations to others rather than in terms of individual achievementindependent of domestic connections as men are If we identify a strong woman Hedda Tesman whose husband is an ineffectual bumbling and clueless scholar Jorgen Tesman havent we in fact found an example of role reversal And while quite willful she proves incapable of action on her own until her suicide She manipulates then lives vicareously through others--which looks a lot to me like a take on conservative stereotypes a quite UNreversed woman who cant gone amuck She fantasizes male creative action and identifies with it though she cant even manage that--her fantasy is of herself mirrored in the glory of her hero with ivy leaves in his hair--the perfect worshipful female Yes she denies her innate feminine creative role childbearing how often are we reminded of this Concerned Supreme Court nominees need only refer to the precedent set in the last scene of Henrik Ibsens Hedda Gabbler where Hedda admits I am in your power Judge Brack You have me at your beck and call from this time forward
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