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A spider becomes caught in its own web This is an example of an attemptedmanipulation that went awry Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen is a work about a womanwho manipulates the fates of others in order to fulfill her own wishes The title characteris a woman who has recently returned from a six month honeymoon with her groomTesman a man whom she does not love She strives for freedom but she feels as if shecannot leave her marriage To occupy her time she manipulates the lives of everyonearound her Hedda kills herself after becoming engorged in her own manipulations Through the use of theme setting and then-current affairs the play produces a work thatuniquely portrays the sources of the motivations of this manipulative woman Whether it be the burning of her former loves manuscript or supplying him withthe pistol to shoot himself Heddas indignity shows the ability of man to have totaldisregard for the life of another Hedda coldly manipulates the lives of everyone aroundher Through these exploitive actions she ruins the lives of all of her colleagues Becauseshe is not happy in her marriage she attempts to forbid anyone else to live a content life For example after she persuades Eljert Lvborg to consume alcohol he ruins hisreputation and loses something that is most precious to him the manuscript of a bookthat he had been writing with Mrs Elvsted Although Hedda realizes the importance ofthis manuscript to both Lvborg and Mrs Elvsted she lights it on fire and it burns Because Lvborg and Mrs Elvsted have put their souls into this manuscript Heddametaphorically relates her action to burning their child This cold thoughtlessnessdemonstrates Heddas disregard for the life of a fellow human being Heddas actions ultimately lead to her demise After giving Lvborg her pistol andsaying that he must kill himself Heddas cruel intentions are finally revealed Judge Bracklearns of her dealings and thus gains an opportunity to take advantage of this situation
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