by Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler Courage Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used Edmund Gosse and William Archer's translation.
[In a low voice.] Oh, what a sense of freedom it gives one, this act of Eilert Løvborg's.
Freedom, Mrs. Hedda? Well, of course, it is a release for him—
I mean for me. It gives me a sense of freedom to know that a deed of deliberate courage is still possible in this world,—a deed of spontaneous beauty. (4.191-3)
This is evidence for our "Hedda lives vicariously" theory. Thinking she can never act this way, Eilert’s death is the closest she gets to independence.
But what do you think your husband will say when you go home again?
[Shrieks to BRACK.] Shot herself! Shot herself in the temple! Fancy that!
[Half-fainting in the arm-chair.] Good God!--people don't do such things. (4.302-3)
Hedda shows her bravery by being willing – finally – to break social boundaries and, like Mrs. Elvsted, to do what "people don’t do."