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Hedda Gabler Three Act Plot Analysis

By Henrik Ibsen

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Thea reveals that Eilert is back in town and worries he will fall back into his old alcoholic habits. Hedda’s latent boredom and frustration become more apparent. She toys with Eilert and sends him off to the Judge’s party.

Act II

Hedda finally faces the fact of her own pregnancy. She convinces Eilert to kill himself and burns his manuscript.

Act III

The Judge reveals that Eilert did NOT kill himself beautifully, as Hedda was hoping. He tries to blackmail her, and Hedda kills herself.