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In Henrik Ibsens 1890 play Hedda Gabler we meet the beautiful spoiled self-absorbed Hedda She is the aristocratic daughter of the later General Gabler The entire play takes place in one room and revolves around the destructive behavior of one woman Hedda marries manipulates and masterminds a frivolous life that ends in her suicide This suicide is a predictable ending for such a cold dispassionate beauty as Hedda It is the bold act of a woman who chooses death over complex livingAs the play ends Hedda is caught in a web of destruction She has burned Lovbergs manuscript and jealously manipulated his suicide She alone is responsible for his inelegant death and the child Hedda may have even gotten away with her actions except for Judge Brack It is his suspicion and his knowledge that Hedda is fearful of scandal that force her into a corner Yes the scandal of which you are mortally afraid Ibsen 70 And what conclusions will people draw from the fact that you did give it to him Ibsen 70 Hedda sees her life becoming crippled by Bracks control I am in your power none the less Subject to your will and your demands A slave a slave then Ibsen 71 She cries No I cannot endure the thought of that Never Ibsen 71 Judge Brack threatened Hedda because it gave him control over her Brack had long been infatuated with her beauty and wanted Hedda as his mistress He was eager for the possibilities this new relationship could create but he did state he would not abuse this privilege Being just a little closer was good enough for the judge Because Hedda is a compulsive controller Bracks proposal is terrifying Instead of taking this circumstance to add adventure to her supposed boring life she refuses to accept Bracks offer Heddas attitude moves the play to its predicable ending Hedda has married a dull minded man who loves his
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