My perceptions on the text “Hedda Gabler” as I read it were that this play was portrayed the opposite of the princess stories that are commonly known nowadays. I read this in my house, instead of reading this at school. I read this during quarantine due to the Corona Virus in 2020. I learned that this was the play that started it all with a major influence on movies, books, and plays during the 20th and 21th century. The prince marries a woman that is lower class than him to become his wife and become the princess. But in this case, in ‘Hedda Gabler’ it is the other way around. Hedda is the daughter of a general (they are high middle-class) who marries a man named George Tesman (who is lower middle-class). The relationship wasn’t going too well, due to the different economic class and expectations. This great work was already tried to be changed but it wasn’t changed to be any better than the original one because this is a masterpiece that cannot be changed, it’s unique one of a kind. This lead many other writers, directors, and producers to be influenced by this canon of a play. A movie that I can tell that was influenced by this play would be “Harley Quinn” because of how the character Harley Quinn was portrayed as a person that ruined a lot of people’s life’s through her life. I feel that this canon play was a masterpiece due to how the character of Hedda was portrayed as a suborned, rude person to people and a manipulator due to her wanting a more fulling, ideal, and beautiful life than want she had. Hedda only married Tesman because she was bored and wanted to try something else in her life. She later realized that she made a mistake by trying this and regretted it. She was meant to be like a psycho that wanted to ruined people’s life and destroying their careers by being utterly ruthless. This play lead Henrik Ibsen to be considered one of the greatest play writers of all time in my opinion and for a good reason. The roles he gave to the characters in his plays mainly in “Hedda Gabler”.
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