The passage below will be an analysis of two main characters in two plays. The first character to be analyzed is George Tasman, who is a character in the play Hedda Gabler. The character is going to be analyzed in the three main perspectives; honor, integrity, and reputation.
The second character to be looked at in this paper is Laura Wingfield who is a character in the play The Glass Managerie. The analysis of this character is going to be based on ethics, and especially, on responsibility versus independence.
George Tesman in the play Hedda Gabbler
Hedda Gabler is a play that was published in the 1890s and was written by Henrik Ibsen. George Tesman is one of the characters of the play who is married to Hedda Gabler. The young man is a scholar who spends a lot of his time reading his books. Though many might see him as self- engrossed, he is amiable, as well as, intelligent. This mostly becomes apparent from the conflicts that occur between the two because of their differences in social class ranking. He soon earns a reputation of possessing an uncomplicated soul, as he is observed to be open and casual.
His integrity is seen when his wife blames him for worrying how people will survive or make a living. While she is more concerned with preserving her social status, George is less worried about class and more worried about other people and their survival.
His integrity is further illustrated when his wife tries to compare him with other scholars like Eilert. Eilert is a daring scholar who has just come up with two books, one of which is extremely controversial. George indicates that he cannot compromise his integrity by coming up with such a controversial book; he would rather enhance his intelligence and knowledge through reading other people’s books. His intelligence is also remarkable. He displays a lot of intelligence, and especially when it comes to dealing with his wife. His wife embarrasses him at times, and at one period she even burns his manuscript. Instead of overreacting to all this and expressing anger, disdain, or loath, he takes everything positively, and avoids confrontation. Most individuals would not stand such behaviors, but George is patient with all of it. As a result of his intelligence, he manages to live peacefully with his wife, who is obviously of a higher social class than him.
Laura Wingfield in the Glass Managerie
The Glass Menagerie is a play written by Tennessee Williams. Laura Wingfield is a character in the play who is crippled both emotionally and physically. She is a remarkable character in that she is incapable of bring pain to another person in the play. Despite her challenges, the girl manages to display a lot of compassion against a backdrop of grudging and selfishness present in her household. Though the girl seems entirely fragile and dependent on her brother, her independence, and will of her own, is also recognizable in the play. For example, for a girl as fragile as she supposedly is, Laura could never have handled the cold days she spend walking around the street trying to escape from typing classes. In addition to this, her crush on Jim, the school hero, also displays that she possesses a will of her own to be like any other high school girl. It is through such actions that Laura displays independence and a will of her own despite the perceptions others have her.
She also has a responsibility in the play; the responsibility of mediating between her mother and her brother, Tom. She understands both of them, and through this knowledge, she is able to mediate between them when they have confrontations. For example, she becomes the mediator of the two when Tom comes home drunk, and Amanda becomes angry with him.