Hedda was a victim of her circumstances. In a time where women has very little say over their own destiny and could not be independent, Hedda struggled with her own identity. Her father's strong influence and her early exposure to the luxurious atmosphere of the upper class turned her values towards power and wealth. In order to keep herself socially comfortable, she maneuvered her way into a loveless marriage with a dull partner, who was the exact opposite of her father. Hedda was an immature, manipulative child, trapped in a woman's body.
Hedda does not grow as a character and does not lead other characters to evolve positively either. Her childish behavior and fascination with undoing the self assurance or the maturity of those around her shows that she is immature. The world is her stage, not to be performed on, but one that offers a constant stimulation. When the show ends and she must face the reality of death and deal with the consequences of her actions as presented by Judge Brack, it is beyond her maturity so she escapes by suicide.
2. There has been a lot of death in this section of the course. Hedda and Paul commit suicide; Gabriel is forced to confront death on several levels; Gregor not only finds himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin," but dies from an apple wound, of all things; and John Wright is murdered by his own wife while he slept.
Let us assume that all of this depressing stuff isn't the result of your professor being clinically depressed ('cause he's not) and just assigning depressing stories.
What is the reason? Why are there so many deadly and depressing stories from this section?
There weren't so many horrible deaths in the first section (with the exception of poor Ivan), so why now?
While I was not above ruling out contacting the school to guarantee someone would check on the Professor to ensure all was well, I felt that the context of the stories in this section all found a common theme of the fragile nature of life. The stories, presented together, challenged me to consider not only the works but the insight that they provided into human life, behavior and death from week to week. The selections seemed intentional and I did not picture Professor White drinking alone in the dark while sobbing softly, although I am not judging should he prefer to do so.
Being that this is a college course, I would expect some of the stories to contain adult themes and I enjoyed being challenged to consider the different life experiences of the characters and the ways in which they reacted. The most impactful readings in my option was that of the Neruda Poems as his writings came from a personal point of view involving death and war within his country in comparison to a story in which a fictitious person is challenged in their life and must react.
3.Here's an easy one for you: which work that we have covered during the last four weeks is your favorite? Why? Which work that we have covered in the last four weeks is your least favorite? Why?
Over the course of the readings I enjoyed the poems of Pablo Neruda the best as I found them insightful, purposeful and passionate. This being said, I did not necessarily enjoy the poems themselves. I found certain poems hard to understand completely but I did feel a connection to the author from his writing. The personal growth that was evident through the progression of the writings was inspiring and his return to the roots of poetry was an interesting way to end his journey. The wide selection of subject matter was very enjoyable. I will never look at a tomato the same way again.
During the last four weeks we were presented with multiple stories of life changing events. The story l liked the least was Cather's "Paul's Case." This work was interesting as it presented the short lived exploits of a narcissist, however I didn't find it very realistic. Much like the life of Hedda Gabler, Paul longs for a life other then his own and detests the mundane daily routine. He is selfish and immature, asking those around him to perform on the stage of life in order to entertain him. As with Hedda, Paul ends his life when his impulsive and foolish plan unravels before him