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  • Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Volume E)
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  • Henrik Ibsen (18281906) Skien, Norway university, Christiania well-made play realism
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  • Realism Norwegian middle class bourgeois corruption ordinary language unveiling hidden motives emotional and moral truth hyper-realism
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  • HEDDA : I was just looking at my old piano. It really doesnt go with these other things. TESMAN : As soon as my salary starts coming in, well see about trading it in for a new one. HEDDA : Oh no, dont trade it in. I could never let it go. Well leave it in the back room instead. And then well get a new one to put in here (p. 789). Furniture
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  • HEDDA : So Im in your power now, Judge. You have a hold over me from now on. BRACK : Dearest HeddaBelieve meI wont abuse my position. HEDDA : But in your power. Totally subject to your demandsAnd your will. Not free. Not free at all. No, thats one thought I just cant stand. Never! (837). Domestic Life
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  • HEDDA : But it so happens that George Tesman and I found our common ground in this passion for Prime Minister Falks villa. And after that it all followed. The engagement, the marriage, the honeymoon and everything else. Yes, yes Judge, I almost said: you make your bed, you have to lie in it. BRACK : Thats priceless. Essentially what youre telling me is you didnt care about any of this here. HEDDA : God knows I didnt (p. 805). Hedda
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  • HEDDA : But God have mercyPeople just dont act that way! (p. 838). Lesson
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  • Influences
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  • How is Hedda Gabler similar to other female protagonists of Realist works? Think about characters like Emma Bovary and Anna Kareninado these women represent a feminist crisis taking place in the nineteenth century, or do they represent universal problems that all humans face when bored of domestic, middle-class life? Discussion Questions
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  • What role do material objects play in this drama, and how does their importance relate to your relationship with your own possessions? Discussion Questions
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  • Visit the StudySpace at: For more learning resources, please visit the StudySpace site for The Norton Anthology Of World Literature. This concludes the Lecture PowerPoint presentation for The Norton Anthology Of World Literature

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