The Victimization of Cassandra and Hedvig

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The Victimization of Cassandra and Hedvig For centuries, writers often have progressive ideas as to how innocent character(s) in their stories should suffer; however, it is with their creativity that they are able to convince us to see how pathetic these suffering characters are. Aeschylus and Henrik Ibsen are very similar in that respect. In his play, The Wild Duck, Ibsen choose Hedvig to be the innocent victim in the play’s conflict. Similarly, In Agamemnon, Aeschylus convey the same idea by having Cassandra as his play’s victim. Likewise, both Hedvig and Cassandra share common consequences, torture (not just physically but mentally) and in the end both walk hopelessly toward death. In The Wild Duck, Hedvig is perhaps the most suffered yet most innocent character in the play. As a thirteen year old child, she has to endure the neglected feelings received from her father, Hjalmar due to the uncertainty of her parentage belonging. As Hjalmar angrily said to Gina, “ Just answer me this: does hedvig belong to me— or [Werle]?” (Ibsen 195). Gina replied saying that she does not know, he was furiously left the house. Ibsen used Hjalmar’s attitude and action to make Hedvig look sympathetic. He did so to create drama which ultimately will lead to the play’s tragedy. Ibsen’s technique of portraying Hedvig as a victim to gain sympathy from readers was indeed clever and unique. He portrayed her as a thirteen year old girl who is going blind due to her mother’s affair with Mr. Werle who was losing his sight as well. Furthermore, she had to face the confrontation with her “father” concerning her parentage belonging. In addition, Ibsen symbolized her with the wild duck. The wild duck commits suicide after it is wounded. Likewise Hedvig does the exact same thing ultimately. Also, like the wild

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