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MonkeyNotes-Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
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QUESTIONS

1. Using the characters of Judge Brack and Aunt Julia as starting
points, write an essay about the kind of society that emerges in
Hedda Gabler. Thea Elvsted can do as much as Hedda and more.
She can inspire, have power over someone, reform love act, show
courage and all positively. She is a product of society and thus
society may be credited with her as well as debited with Tesman
and Brack. Discuss.

2. Argue whether you agree or disagree with the following
description of Hedda Gabler. "Superficially gracious and
pleasing... she is in reality wholly devoid of moral sense. She
reveals herself, as the play proceeds, as without respect for age or
grief, without natural instincts, without interest in life, untruthful,
treacherous, implacable in revenge."Even though there is no
character pitted against her as a counterpoise, there are several who
highlight her inadequacies. Discuss.


3. The center of the play is not a problem but a personality. As
such, there is less emphasis on the story and the play proceeds by
episodic development. What are the main episodes and how do
they advance the plot?Why is the title of the play Hedda Gabler
rather than Hedda Tesman?

4. What symbolic value do Hedda's pistols have in the plot?How
does the first act alert the rea
der to the events that follow?

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