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Hedda Gabler and Other Plays

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In these three unforgettably intense plays, Henrik Ibsen explores the problems of personal and social morality that he perceived in the world around him and, in particular, the complex nature of truth. The Pillars of the Community (1877) depicts a corrupt shipowner’s struggle to hide the sins of his past at the expense of another man’s reputation, while in The Wild Duck (1 ...more
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Published March 30th 1951 by Penguin Classics
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--The Pillars of the Community
--The Wild Duck
--Hedda Gabler

I have hated Ibsen for the last 15 years of my life. I was a grad student in an acting program and had to read "Ghosts." I found it melodramatic, heavy handed and just plain ludicrous. It reminded me of a creaky old mansion lousy with mould and damp. Even acting in the "Lady from the Sea"(which I liked)could not make me change my negative opinion of this master of sturm und drung. But being a student of the theatre in general and great playwrights in particular I knew I would one day have to rea ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here and here in June 2001.

The Pillars of the Community

Also known in English as The Pillars of Society, this play is really the start of the series of plays with social messages which so scandalised nineteenth century Europe. It is a vicious attack on the complacent hypocrisy of Norwegian small town society, especially on the "it couldn't happen here" attitude taken towards the scandals of the wider world.

Karsten Bernick runs a shipping firm in a coastal town, an
Shayaan Rasul
"Hedda Gabler" is the fast-paced story of an unhappily married young woman, whose cunning and manipulation earn her a detestable reputation within the family. Married to Jörgen Tesman, a scholar in the history of civilisation, Hedda makes her misery known by refusing to indulge in her husband's desires. Desperate to earn the satisfaction of his wife, however, Jörgen continually attempts to please Hedda, but fails to evoke any desirable effects. This role-reversal of husband and wife is exquisite ...more
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Henrik Ibsen's plays are socially aware drama revealing middle-class issues that people avoided talking about. As you might expect from issues that people avoid talking about they are depressing, so that is why I put ok.
Some thing I studied for my first year of English Literature I found it one of the best plays on the reading list that included Shakespeare's twelfth night and Pinter's The Caretaker. Perhaps one of the most prominent points of the play is the portrayal of women and that of social acceptability. The main character is quite complex and I would argue is neither good or bad, the combination leaving the audience with mixed emotions. I would describe it as a must read and a play that I would very muc ...more
Ibsen is a master of bringing out hypocrisy in the everyday.
Timeless classic of modern play act structure. Hedda is not a villian or destructive; her "killing time" is laugh out loud satire, intelligent and very entertaining. Ibsen's form and content are playwriting perfection. How could anyone miss the point and take it too seriously? This isn't tragedy. It is social commentary at its best and most balanced. I saw A Doll's House performed in college and would love to see Hedda Gabler!
A Victorian era play about a woman, Hedda Gabler, who was raised around the army by her father, a general, and was no stranger to guns, horses and excitement. Hedda finds no space to live in a world with certain expectations of a lady, and tries desperately to find freedom, life and meaning in the mundane existence she now occupies. I love a story that can pull off an unhappy ending well.
Pillars of the community: Goede aanzet, maar zeer flauwe ontknoping
The Wild Duck: Zeer verward
Hedda Gabler: Sterk geheel, tot het eind; over macht en onmacht, verveling, nihilisme,uitzichtloosheid;
Re-visted Hedda Gabler one of my favorite Ibsen Plays regarding a conflict for a passion, social conformity and self-destruction. Terrific twists of revealing the truth.
Reading this in high school I was fascinated by Hedda Gabler's character, her defiance and repressed anger. Still love this play.
I could never get into Ibsen's work. I don't necessarily find his work bad, but I personally don't enjoy it much.
A weird story about a strange and hateful woman.
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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.

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