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In Henrik Isbens Hedda Gabler he masterfully portrays the main character Hedda as neither a monster nor a saintshe is simply a tragic character who is destroyed by the unharmonious and irreconcilable contrasts in her own character Ultimately this very unique character brings about her own demise She is truly neither good nor evil but in the end this tragic character inevitably digs her own graveIsben first expresses Heddas emotional sterility by showing how she is unable to reciprocate in a relationship Like a young child she can only receive without knowing how to give in return Without reciprocating she accepts Georges love and support Later on when Lovberg recalls his previous relationship with Hedda he describes how she extracted detailed confessions from him yet withheld her own inner emotions and revelations This highly intense interest with the lives of others is another aspect of her empty emotional life While at the same time of investigating and analyzing other peoples lives is one way for Hedda to gain some understanding of her own unsatisfied self she ultimately reveals that she herself is very frail fragile and self-centered It is this indeed that puts Hedda on her path to a tragic destruction a path that is being taken rather quicklyAnother way in which Isben portrays Heddas contrast in her own character is through Heddas destroying the manuscript in Act III In destroying the manuscript she inevitably kills the child she was unable to bear for Lovborg By destroying that work of others that she should have accomplished herself Hedda also destroys those constant reminders of her own inadequacies Symbolically denying the life works of others Hedda affirms her own unsatisfied sense of worthNot having any positive influence in the world Hedda Gabler can only define herself negatively she destroys what she cannot accept Undermining her husband with her coldness denying her pregnancy destroying Theas life work burning Lovborgs creative product ruining the child manuscript and finally
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