Hedda Gabler: “Evaluate The Achievements Of Act I As Exposition”



The exposition of any play must be able to establish the essence of the play, and to captivate the audience. Hedda Gabler is no exception to the rule, and to such an end Ibsen is highly successful in Act I. Through the use of both direct and subtle narrative hints, he builds up conflict, leading to tension and suspense. The groundwork of the play is also established in the first act : the audience gains a (deliberately) general idea of where the play has come from, and what its themes are. A play revolves around its characters, and to this end the respective characters and the relationships between them are also introduced effectively. By careful examination of the text, we can formulate ...

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Jorgen and Hedda’s noticeably strong reaction to any mention of the matter further draws the audience’s attention to the matter. When Miss Tesman declares that she will visit her “every single day” even in the face of Hedda’s disgust and obvious disapproval, the possibility of future conflict is set up. Conflict between Lovborg and Jorgen is also established by Brack’s revelation that the both of them might be competing for the same professorship. Jorgen’s anxious reaction to such news further brings out the degree of financial difficulty that was previously unknown to the audience, adding to the tension that would accompany such a conflict. The covert nature of the adulterous relationship between Mrs. Elvsted and Lovborg also is successful to such an end, with the introduction of a mysterious third-party unknown completing the love triangle and heightening the suspense and mystery around the whole affair. However, is this too much suspense – is the audience given too much to handle ...

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quickly” and utters an anxious “Oh yes?” However, she attempts to cover this up straight away, with a contrived, indifferent, aloof remark : “What’s the matter with him?” When she is irritated with Miss Tesman, she quickly gains control over her emotions, calming herself down quickly. To such an end, we see that Act I is effective in setting up Hedda’s character : the full picture (as the audience perceives it) is not complete yet, but a rough sketch is there, with the action in the next three plays meant to fill in the gaps for the audience.
The relationships between the characters are also introduced with some degree of effectiveness. The way in which the characters address each other ...

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