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Manipulation and Pseudo-Relationships in A Dolls House and Hedda Gabler Oftentimes in literature an author can in two works create two characters that are completely different yet have very similar significance to the plots of their respective plays An example of this would be two of Henrik Ibsens characters Nora in A Dolls House and Hedda in Hedda Gabler In both of these works manipulation is a prominent theme and revolves around these characters Pseudo-relationships is another prominent theme which also revolves around Nora and Hedda At first Nora and Hedda appear to be complete polar opposites Nora always wants to please everyone especially her husband Torvald She will change around her whole personality depending on who she is with andor trying to please The mask she assigns to her time with Torvald is that of a child or an ornament Her friend Christine see the mask of a strong independent woman who saved her husbands life of her own initiative The constant change of face causes both personal and interpersonal conflict Her Marriage is ended because of it She is a doll and is a different character depending on who is playing with her In this sense she is constantly being manipulated by herself in order to please others and she does nothing to prevent it Hedda however is much different Everyone tries to please her especially her husband George The only time she will change her behavior for others is when she is trying to get something out of them Her intentions are almost never true She is constantly manipulating others and they do nothing to prevent it As we get further into the plays we start to learn about their marriages In A Dolls House Nora and George have a seemingly perfect marriage We later learn that it is merely cosmetic There is a total lack of an interpersonal relationship of any depth whatsoever To Torvald Nora is simply
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