Writing Project - Hedda Gabler and The Importance of Being Earnest

D'Navia Nord

26 March 2012

English 123

Mrs. Jones

Writing Project -Hedda Gabler and The Importance of Being Earnest

Discuss the "performance" of gender in the plays using one character from each play as examples.

Gender plays a great role in both plays Hedda Gabler and The importance of Being Ernest. In both plays there are women playing extremely masculine roles. In Henrik Isben's play, Hedda Gabler, it is Hedda herself and in Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest, it is Lady Bracknell. They both have characteristics that a man should have had in their time period.

Hedda, the protagonist, exhibits a mixture of masculine and feminine traits due to her ...

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going to stand in our way! Hedda: Our way? Pray leave me out of the question." (3??) Statements like these shows Hedda's resistance to marriage. She may legally be George's wife, but she's honestly not okay with the idea of a union between them.

She also objects to and often defies the conventions established for her gender by society. She rejects references to her pregnancy as a reminder of her gender. "Tesman: Yes, but have you noticed how plump she's grown, and how well she is? How much she's filled out on our travels? Hedda: Oh, be quiet - !" (275). In other words Hedda dismisses the fact that she is pregnant and getting to the point of showing. Another masculine trait of Hedda is to entertain herself in her "boring" marriage. She plays with her father's, General Gabler's, pistols. These pistols are a symbol of masculinity and are associated with war, a pastime which women are excluded from other than in the nurturing role of nurses and are thus not tolerated by society. ...

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