14 April 2011
HEDDA GABLER & SENIORS: SOCIAL DRAMA
Then everyone (at least during this part of the project) complained about Hedda's stilted, illogical, symbolic actions. Once we realized that Thea also felt two dimensional, that she was just a "typical" woman, it clicked. Maybe Ibsen needed the female characters to be flat in order to make his point about Hedda and the lack of options she had to BE three dimensional. Did I agree that Hedda was just an idea and not a real woman? Not necessarily--but then again, I might have agreed when I was 17. You can only judge with the experience and time you've got. I am proud of them. This "gradual release of responsibility" plan feels right.
my questions inspired by: http://www.shmoop.com/hedda-gabler/questions.html