I would like to remind you about Henrik Ibsen's 1890 play 'Hedda Gabler', a tragic tale of a young woman's struggle in finding her place in life. HeddaTasmen is trapped in a life with a loveless marriage, absolute boredom and a complete lack of friends. Nonetheless, Hedda’s character was the principal target of much of the negative criticism in Ibsen’s plays. She has been portrayed as a viscous, petty, and extremely selfish woman through ‘Hedda Forever: An anti-heroine for the Ages’ by Charles Isherwood in 2009 and the television series of ‘Hedda Gabler’ by David Cunliffe in 1981. These productions’ purpose was never to evoke the audiences’ sympathy for Hedda, which I would like to achieve instead through the ideas of entrapment and the production elements that would deliver this message. Often, members of the audiences will sympathise with one character in a play over others and I believed Hedda deserves our empathy. In today society, people feel trapped by circumstances, by the expectations of others or the perceptions of success. They would like to have a different direction in their lives, but they are held back by the fear that incompatible with that freedom. This is best described Hedda, a daughter of the General Gabler, who has always been admired by everyone in her life. The audiences would able to notice this through the compliments for Hedda from other characters such as Aunt Julle when asked by Jorgen to look at how nice and charming Hedda is. Aunt Julle praised, “Ah, my dear, there’s nothing new in that. Hedda has been lovely all in her life.” These praises are what making Hedda feels trapped because she is not like what others think she is. She grew up to be less feminie and tougher than other women due to the lack of a female role model but instead with a strong man figure. This would be shown through a portrait of the General hanging in the middle of the stage, as a reminder of his influences. Hedda doesn’t want to become a...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document