Monday, October 27, 2008
I thought that it was curious that Ibsen would use Hedda's maiden name for the title. By using her maiden name, Ibsen plants the idea that Hedda isn't really Tesman's girl even before the first page is turned. We don't go into the play expecting some woman that fits into some type of stereotypical model, but a woman that belongs to no one, and ultimately that is what we get. When Brack thinks he has her, she goes and shoots herself to prove him wrong.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Well, I thought that this quote was a fairly accurate summary of Judge Brack's and Hedda's final relationship. You have Hedda attempting to gain some type of power in her life, and Judge Brack attempting to not only remain in control, but gain more power. In the end, Judge Brack shows Hedda that he has leverage over her, and drives her to commit suicide. This act of suicide however, gives Hedda control of one thing that Judge Brack could never control, her life. Thus, the only way for her to show she had more power than the judge was to kill herself. Personally, I don't think she missed.
I think that ultimately George was basically an average guy. He began to slip up in Act III when he held on to Lovborg's manuscript, but I believe that he honestly had the intention of returning it to Lovborg. He even said, "but as soon as I've had a little rest - and given poor Eilert time to sleep it off, then I've got to take it back to him."(278) Should he have given it back to Lovborg right when he found it, yeah probably, but under the circumstances, its understandable. Lovborg was potentially going to get his job, and if most people (granted, not all) were honest with themselves, they may have held onto it as well until they got the job.
We know that Hedda is extremely bored with her life with George, but this manipulation stems from a deeper well than her just being a spoiled rich girl with nothing else to do, this manifests from Hedda lack of control in her life. She even says "for once in my life, I want to have power over a human being."(272) I believe that Hedda's urge for control stems from the era that she was from. Men, even George Tesman, whom Hedda appears to easily control, has more power in society than her. This fosters a resentment in Hedda, and a need to exercise control over others.
One important part of Act Two that I would like to explore is Hedda's shooting at Judge Brack.
Hedda shooting at Brack begins to develop a couple of important ideas in Hedda Gabler. First, it starts getting us thinking about Hedda's pistols, and what they represent in the play. Under the assumption that Hedda's pistols represent power, the small scene that plays out on page 248 is extremely important. Hedda shoots at Brack, attempting to gain power for herself. Unfortunately for her, Brack was able to delicately remove some of Hedda's power by "gently taking the pistol out of her hand." (248)
Monday, October 6, 2008
1. not straightforward; shifty or crooked: a devious scheme to accquire wealth
Probably my favorite character of the play. Brack continually moves in an somewhat underhanded manner to gain more power. He is always trying to be "the one cock of the walk" (303). He starts his bid for power pretty early, when he returns to the Tesman residence, by "gently taking the pistol out of her hand" (248), symbolically taking the power out of Hedda's hands.
On a side note, I wonder if we would be pronouncing Brack with a long A sound or a short A sound if it weren't an election year.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
And one that relates to english:
The Gorilla Suit is the best.