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Justify your judgment as to whether the endings of your texts are fitting in light of what has gone before

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Paper Two Essay: "Justify your judgment as to whether the endings of your texts are fitting in light of what has gone before." Within the two texts of "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen and "Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, both plays possess significant conclusions to each of their storylines, therefore making them "fit" when seen in the light of previous events. Within the two plays, both of the endings convey both of their most prominent themes, and therefore making them "fit". In the case of "Hedda Gabler", the overall theme of the play is self-destruction through the destruction of others; being the victimizer, while at the same time being the victim. The fact that Hedda cannot tolerate her marriage is really her own fault, as she acknowledges she had been the one to devise it, and apparently on false premises that Mr. Tesman would grow to be more successful: Brack: "I thought that you, like everyone else, expected him to attain the highest distinction." ...read more.

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There is yet another similarity between the endings of these two plays, making them each equally fitting to the previous events. There is a relationship between the endings of these two plays, as by the end of each play, none of the characters have really developed since the beginning of the play. In "Hedda Gabler", Tesman remains eager to please Hedda throughout the play: Tesman: "Yes, of course - it makes it a little more expensive. But Hedda had to have this trip, Auntie! She really had to. Nothing else would have done." Hedda does not even have to manipulate George in order to get what she wants; he seems to act as the subordinate just on his own, and he is taken completely by surprise when she eventually kills herself; just as at the beginning of the play, he remains unable to predict Hedda's actions or to gain control over her. While Ejlert's suicide deeply affects Mrs. Elvsted, she immediately dedicates herself to helping Tesman make sense of his papers, thus adopting essentially the same role that she had with Ejlert in the beginning. ...read more.

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Paulina: "Forgot? You're asking me to forget." (p. 26). This same theme of repressed emotions can be seen in the end of the play as well, as Gerardo is carrying out conversations both with strangers and Paulina as though none of the strange events have taken place. This is especially emphasized through the last line of the play: "Pau mixes a margarita that'll stand your hair on end" (p. 46). The tone in which Gerardo says this line conveys to the reader that Gerardo plans on attempting to restore the now alienated relationship between Paulina and himself, but at the cost of continuing to repress and conceal Paulina's true emotions. In summary, the endings of both Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" and Ariel Dorfman's "Death and the Maiden" are both equally "fitting" when seen in the light of what has previously transpired. While both of the endings to not serve to actually conclude the plots within the plays, they do however symbolize that the plays have ended with no real development within them. ...read more.

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