function of the symbols. He is creative and intellectual and moves society forward. I am afraid of you, Hedda!) Indicate the dangerous seriousness of words which otherwise might be mistaken for a joke; the threat prepares us for the burning of the manuscript, which follows in Act III. Here you are sitting with Tesmanjust as you used to sit with Eilert Loevborg? Death of Loevborg, the part the pistols play in Loevborgs death makes a central contribution to our understanding of the degree to which the ideals they represent are distorted by the clouded perspective from which Hedda views them. The Function of Symbols, criticism of the naturalistic plays of Ibsen has been so largely directed toward establishing his stature as psychologist and social iconoclast that his characteristic use of functional imagery in Hedda Gabler has been for the most part neglected. These scenes in which the hair plays a part not only call attention to Heddas limitations but show her reaction to her partial apprehension of them. The issue of calling Aunt Julie by her first name pg 232 the two occasions in which Hedda changes the subject from "being part of the family" to something else (that usually involves insulting others) pg 232 and 229. And, like Eliot later, Ibsen emphasized the aridity of the present by contrasting it with the heroic past. Heddas violent gesture and Theas almost hysterical reaction (Let me go! Both Hedda and Brack become aware of the cold ruthlessness of the other and the consequent danger to the loser if his delicate equilibrium of their relationship should be disturbed.
Hardly having begun the mourning song for her Adonis, she brings forth her embryonic offspring form her pocket and proceeds to mold it into shape with the aid of a Tesmanan echo of the classic death and rebirth, to be sure, but one not likely. For its hereditary leaders are shrunken in stature, maimed and paralyzed by their enslavement to the ideals of the dominant middle-class.
Hedda is in conflict with George trying to resist the bourgeoisie lifestyle. She fails to realize that one must earn his inheritance in order to possess it and she romanticizes the destructive and sensational aspects of Dionysiac ecstasy without perceiving that its true end is regeneration through sublimation of the ego in a larger unity. Moreover Thea fearfully recollects Heddas school-girl reaction to it: when we met on the stairs you used always to pull my hair Yes, and once you said you would burn it off my head. Hedda ( with an audible sigh Yes, that would be a relief. The reader picks up right away that there is conflict between Hedda and Julie. Hedda/Lovborg, hedda's desire to control others to maintain her aristocratic lifestyle. It would appear, then, that the symbols while they do not carry the whole thematic burden of Hedda Gabler, illuminate the meaning of the characters and the action with which they are associated.
Conflict in Hedda Gabler