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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #7

HEDDA
Do think it quite incomprehensible that a young girl—when it can be done—without any one knowing—
LØVBORG
Well?
HEDDA
—-should be glad to have a peep, now and then, into a world which—?
LØVBORG
Which—?
HEDDA
—which she is forbidden to know anything about? (2.348-52)

Hedda’s relationships with men are often about living vicariously. There is so much she isn’t allowed to do because of her sex, so she experiences it through others. You can apply the same reasoning to her attempt at crafting Eilert’s suicide to her own liking.

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