Reading Work

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

Feminist work is considered criticism informed by feminist theory, that includes history that has been braid and varied from different time periods. Now, is Hedda Gabler a feminist literary work? Many say it is others say it isn't. However although they might argue otherwise, Hedda Gabbler is a feminist literary work. Henrik Ibsen is not a women, but he does believe in the idea about freedom. Freedom that belongs equally to men and women, and that in the 1890s in Norway freedom for women did not exist, and this is what Ibsen portrays in this play. “Mrs. Elvested. There were rules for which they should obey, if not obeyed the society as a whole would turn their back on them; it was not considered the “right” nor the moral thing to do. As Hedda received the news that Mrs. Elvested would leave her husband, Hedda reacted as anyone in that time period would, “ Why, my dear good Thea-to think of you daring to do it!” (Ibsen 17). Ibsen uses to portray how society can affect the life of every single women in that time period. Then Ibsen allows the reader to further into the aspect of how women not giving the freedom, that many men possessed in that period of time, the became in a manner Ibsen portrays Hedda as manipulative, insincere, and sometimes selfish. Now, the readers need to question why Hedda is the way she is. Perhaps society in a way contributed to her being like that. “Hedda. I am in your power none the less. Subject to your will and your demands. A slave, a slave then! No, I cannot endure the thought of the that! Never!”(Ibsen 71)
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