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For me it would seem much easier to compare Hedda with many of Ibsens other characters but I think that comparing her to Gregers and Ekdal from The Wild Duck to be one of the most difficult comparisons I think Hedda is more like Gregers then she is to Ekdal She is restrained by her acceptance of societys values by the narrowness of her social circle and by her limited interests Gregers too feels that it is societys acceptance of whether or not Hedvig is his or not that makes him want to leave his home Both characters are also children of famous military generals but these differ in that Gregers is ashamed of his father about the scandal and Hedda is proud of hers and is her fathers daughter Gregers too I think is very limited in his interests in the world He loves his photograph invention but that seems about it Even with this it is Gina who runs the shop I dont see any true connection with Hedvig either One example of this is his forgetfulness of bringing her back some candy from the party This forgetfulness of Gregers can also be likened to Hedda in that she does not want anything to do with children She does not want to have her child Overall Hedda is like Gregers in that she never attains release on the peaks from the torment of her self-division Gregers is not sure what he should and shouldnt be doing about Hedvig and Hedda has troublesome thoughts about her child as well One other thing that makes Hedda like Gregers is that he cannot seem to forgive Gina at all once he finds out that Hedvig might not be his daughter You can see in Hedda that with a few characters she does not want to forgive them for certain aspects of the other charaters lives Two examples are Lovborgs alcoholism and Theas transformation after working
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