Women have struggled with their place in society since the beginning of time, they even struggle with their place now. The main character in the plays Hedda Gabler, Hedda Gabler, and in Medea, Medea, both did not accept their typical role in society as women. Similarities that may connect these women and their refusal to be a typical woman are that they both were high class, and that they were both raised by their fathers. Differences that set Hedda Gabler and Medea apart are that Hedda cared deeply about her reputation, and that Medea has true love for her husband, Jason.
Both women, Medea and Hedda, were raised in a very high class society, but then became lower class after marriage. Medea’s father ruled Colchris, a land known for its barbaric ways. Hedda Gabler’s father was a general. Medea and Hedda left their roots to go off on their own, neither one for the right reasons. Medea left Colchris to be with Jason, whose life she saved. For Jason Medea killed her brother and left her father to never speak to him again. Medea left the life of being a princess and entered into the middle class society in Corinth.
After having Jason’s two sons, Jason leaves Medea for the king of Corinth’s daughter, Creusa. Hedda did not have receive enough money to get by after her father’s death. She married George Tesman out of pity, and with the hope that someday he would make a lot of money. George’s plans of become a money making doctor start to blow up in his face, and Hedda’s plan of being high clss once again are unraveling. Medea and Hedda were both raised by their fathers. Hedda had grown up with guns around her, so she had picked up on how to act as a man and shoot like one.
Over time Hedda had become accustomed to the lifestyle as a man. Completely changing her personality into the typical woman in her society was painful for Hedda. She was not comfortable with the idea of getting married, having children, and doing nothing successful in her life Medea’s parental figures in her life were her single father and her brother. The only woman there for her was her nurse, but to Medea the nurse could never completely be a mother. Medea was always around men and violence, so she was the type of person that fought to get what they wanted.
Medea and Hedda have a very different outlook when it comes to their reputation. Hedda is very protective about her reputation , and is avoids scandal at all costs. Medea is the total opposite. She screams, cries, and causes corruption frequently, no matter who is around. Hedda’s relationship with Lovborg was completely intelectual. Lovborg had deeper, loving feelings towards Hedda. When Lovborg confessed his feelings to Hedda, she was repulsed, and almost shot him.
Even though anger was boiling in her blood, the protection of her reputation was more important than her complete hatred of Lovborg at the time. In Medea, Medea does not hesitate to cause a ruckus. Most people that Medea lives with fears her because of how loud she is. Even though Medea denies the accusations that she casts spells out loud, it is obvious that she is lying because of her insane mental state. Unlike Hedda, Medea truly loves Jason. Hedda only marries Jason out of pity, and in hope that he will make money when he becomes a doctor. Medea has sacrificed everything for Jason.
She killed her brother, left the land that she grew up in and would one day rule, and she gave him two sons. She does tend to hold the things she has done for Jason over his head, which may be a contributing factor to why he left her. Medea and Hedda were not typical women for the societies they lived in. Both did not accept the lifestyle of women, but Medea and Hedda dealt with the conflict in different ways. Medea was very straightforward, and did not care what other thought. Hedda was secretive about her conflict, and was passive about not being the typical woman.