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her own inadequacies. Symbolically denying the life works of others, Hedda affirms her own unsatisfied sense of worth.
Not having any positive influence in the world, Hedda Gabler can only define herself negatively: she destroys what she cannot accept. Undermining her husband with her coldness, denying her pregnancy, destroying Thea's life work, burning Lovborg's creative product, ruining the child manuscript, and finally, committing suicide, are all perverted attempts to satisfy her tragic "craving for life."