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In the story of Hedda Gabler Hedda is portrayed as a powerful manipulative over-powering character Her need to dominate is easily seen through her odd relationships involving her husband Jurgen Tesman Judge Brack Ejlert Loevborg and even her childhood friend Mrs Elvsted The underlying theme is that of manipulation and the urge to better the outcome of situations by the main character Hedda Tesman The theme is apparent even in the storys title Hedda Gabler Heddas maiden name as if perhaps not officially acknowledging her marriage to Jurgen Tesman The story begins with Tesmans Aunt Julle visiting the newlyweds house and to Tesmans dismay Hedda is insulting and cruel to Aunt Julle She rejects his proposals to be nicer to his aunt and quickly illustrates to the reader who the domineering party is in the relationship Hedda proceeds later in the story to form close personal bonds with Tesmans friends Judge Brack and Ejlert Loevborg and in a bizarre way considers this cheating on Tesman in an emotional sense not so much as a physical sense An example of this manipulation is seen in a conversation with Loevborg HEDDA Looks into his eyes But if I want you to LOEVBORG That doesnt make any difference HEDDA Have I no power over you at all Poor me This emotional infidelity is not an effort to appease Hedda but rather an odd way of developing an upper hand in her and Tesmans relationship as well as drawing support from his close friends By Hedda becoming the best friend to each of the characters in this story she easily controls the result of any important events and through a manipulative manner distorts the outcome to her strange desired effect After Ejlert loses his script Tesman confesses to Hedda that he possesses it without Ejlerts knowledge With Ejlert on the brink of suicide Hedda supplies him with a pistol and seems only to be interested that Ejlert dies a
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