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What Is The Role Of Boredom In The Characterisation Of

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Hana Fahim World Literature Essay What Is The Role Of Boredom In The Characterisation Of Hedda Gabler And Therese Raquin? Henrik Ibsen wrote the play Hedda Gabler about a woman who marries out of convenience a man she does not love and literally bores herself to death, she takes her own life at the end of the play. Therese Raquin is a novel by Emile Zola about a woman who along with her lover kills her husband, in order for them to be together, but the guilt of the murder causes them to commit a joined suicide. Both works take place in the late 19th century. In this essay I will discuss these two characters, Hedda Gabler and Therese Raquin, and the effect boredom has on them and on the decisions they make. The first thing Ibsen and Zola do to build up Therese and Hedda's boredom was by the setting. Zola filled Therese's childhood with disease, over protectiveness and loneliness, she was "brought up in the clammy heat of a sick-room" 1. Even when they moved to Paris she was stuck in the tiny apartment above the haberdashery, "she's bored to death in that shop" 2. Zola describes it as "dark, low and cramped" 3. Therese had to endure the claustrophobic boredom of petty life in the backstreet Paris haberdashery. ...read more.

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This boredom has a different effect on both women. Along with being bored, Ibsen shows Hedda as someone with a very low self-esteem so she tries to boost it by using sarcasm and witty comments. She humiliates Aunt Julie by pretending that her hat is the maid's hat when she had gotten it especially for Hedda not to feel embarrassed by her. She hurts Aunt Julie who thinks so highly of H3edda and is so proud to have her part of her family. Therese is different. She developed a quiet, introversive demeanour. "She developed a habit of speaking in an undertone, walking about the house without making any noise, and sitting silent and motionless on a chair with a vacant look in her eyes" 18. She later confesses to Laurent that this was all a face she used to put on. She told him: "how many nights of rage I spent! Back in my cold room in Vernon, I used to bite my pillow to stifle my shouts, and hit myself and call myself a coward; my blood was on fire and I could almost have torn my body to pieces with rage" 19. The authors let out the characters' boredom and frustration with life in very contrasting ways, one lets it out and the other keeps it all in. The two women also resorted to deception and manipulation. ...read more.

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And because Zola and Ibsen introduce Therese and Hedda in that way it will have to lead to their tragic ending. Hedda's only way out of her misery and boredom is to commit suicide and fulfill her own dream of a beautiful death. And Therese's way out, the affair with Laurent, backfired on her and actually lead to her suicide with her accomplice in murder and betrayal, Laurent. [1593 words] 1 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 2 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 3 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 4 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 5 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 6 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 7 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 8 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 9 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 10 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 11 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 12 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 13 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 14 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 15 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 16 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 17 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 18 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 19 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 20 IBSEN, H., 1992. Hedda Gabler, Signet Classic 21 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford 22 ZOLA, E., 1992. Therese Raquin, Oxford ...read more.

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