Books Plays Reviews

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

December 20, 2017

Yet another play I had to read for my Intro to Drama module this semester. I'd put Hedda Gabler firmly in the middle when it comes to my enjoyment of the plays I've read. I thought it was good but it wasn't my favourite. Hedda is a woman that doesn't fit with her time. She doesn't want to be told what to do and sees only one way out. Massive trigger warning for suicide and also infant death. This play deals with some incredibly harrowing subjects and is a dark one in general. 

I wasn't sure how to take Hedda as a character. She's shown to be a woman that wants to be in charge of her own mind however is nothing aside from her father's daughter and husband's wife. But she's cruel and manipulative. Arguably, it could be because its all that she has had the ability to control. Either way I'm not a fan of her. 

However, the play makes a great comment on society and offers some deep insight into the mind of a woman at this time. 


Name: Hedda Gabler

Author(s): Henrik Ibsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 334 (full collection) 112 (Hedda Gabler)

ISBN: 978-0-413-46340

Rating: 3/5

Have you read Hedda Gabler? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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