How the Author Tackles Ideas about Art and the Artist.

In acts 3-4 of Henrik Ibsen’s text “Hedda Gabler”, the characters are seen manipulating and lying to one another to protect feelings, hide mistakes, prevent scandals, maintain self-success, control certain individuals and gain some sort of defense and alliance for themselves. However, despite the mischief and betrayal occurring the characters all still manage to participate in the creation of art. These scenes are surrounded around a manuscript which is close to being publish and as a result is depicted as the art within the play. Thus, in this play the author tackles ideas about art in the form of this manuscript. Here Ibsen attempts to display the ways in which art can turn one towards the act of betrayal, suicide, jealousy and murder. In doing so he suggests that art can generate success as tragedy, since through knowledge one obtains power. This power distributed by art is one that compels individuals to display bizarre behaviors towards the one that creating the art. On the other hand, Ibsen also shows that art is a delicate aspect that can never be replaced, for the knowledge obtain during that time is lost forever. Ibsen also paints the idea of art as a child within the play and so when one relates art to a child there is an envisioning of that child be nurtured or developed through excellent parenting and grooming. By painting this picture Ibsen suggests that the artist is the parent of the art and as the parent his/her job is to groom and nurture it through good parenting skills in to receive development. In other words, the artist’s role is to parent his/ her writing by revising or enhancing the piece through continual reading and research to generate development. On the other hand, he likewise states that when the artist loses his work or art he experiences a form of depression for he has not merely lost a piece of work but his creation that resembles himself and reflects the hard work as well as dedication he has invested in developing it; which is exactly how a parent would feel a sense of pride towards their child they have raised. Nonetheless, although the play is not overtly about art, a few sections of the text is encircled around the idea of this manuscript which stands as the art form of the play.

 

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