Hedda is famous as a cold-hearted, manipulative woman years ahead of her time. In this play, her ability to influence others has a lot to do with her sexuality and good looks. Machinations become a sort of game, a way of escaping the boredom of Victorian-era Norway. Because women can’t seek power through careers or scholarship, Hedda seeks it through controlling others.
Hedda is a more powerful, manipulative character than Judge Brack.
Judge Brack is a more powerful, manipulative character than Hedda.