Aline Solness, Halvard’s wife, has become barren physically and emotionally, due to the tragedies that she has experienced. When her parents’ home and. Halvard Solness, the master builder. Although he is no longer young, he is evidently attractive to women: His wife, Aline, his bookkeeper, Kaia Fosli, and Hilda. Halvard Solness rose to his high position as a master builder because of a fire that had destroyed the ancestral estate of his wife’s family. On the site he built new.

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This advance involves recognition that the human mind operates in stranger ways than the limited, naturalistic view that rationality admits, and that human motivation and action halvarc have a mythic dimension.

Critics have also considered that additional autobiographical themes in this work are about an aging artist who is both self-doubting the worth of his art and fearful about being displaced by the new generation Feldberg.

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so,ness In the end, it is the power of thought that again seems the catalyst: She has shifted to a mythic plane, describing balvard as a princess and Solness as a troll, and demanding that he come up with the promised kingdom. Michael’s Church, Munichwho had cast himself from the tower as soon as it was finished. Herdal serves as the family doctor and advisor. Wangel of Lysanger, in The Lady from the Sea, has put on years and arrived unexpectedly at the Solness slness, come like the devil cheerfully on cue.

In an effort to cope with the harsh consequences of this unchecked ambition, he tries to convince himself that he has not been completely responsible for his actions. In her middle-class Victorian world, Hilda tries to absolve herself of responsibility for her desires, which threaten to break solnes a marriage. His fears that he was illegitimate, coupled with the birth of his own illegitimate child, surfaced in his characters, including Dina Dorf in Pillars of SocietyRegine in Ghosts, and Hedvig in The Wild Duck Solness also has a complicated relationship with his wife Aline, and the two are revealed to have lost children some years ago as a result of a fire.


Solness remember meeting her before, in mundane situations; it is Solness who does not recall her. None is more paranoid than the protagonist Master Builder, Halvard Solness. He is restless, alienated, and afraid of being superseded by younger architects.

She becomes the impelling force that entices him into his fatal attempt to aspire again to heights. During a visit, Dr.

The greatness of the play is that it explores the boundary between outer and an inner reality, deconstructing the former to bring us to the latter.

Into his life comes a strange, alluring, naive young woman, who seems to know his deepest secrets, and who claims to have had a near-sexual affair with him ten years before, when hlvard had been little more than a child.

However, near the end of Act II, Solness dismisses Kaja from his life, as like a piece of discarded furniture. Solness tries to justify his ambition in his explanation oslness his initial goals. Yet once again, Solness believes that his inner state at the time represented true reality.

Halvard Solness : drama en tres actos

James Press,pp. Herdal, the family doctor, tells Solness that his wife, Aline, suspects that he has feelings for Kaja. Views Read Edit View history. Bergen CountyNJ. Solness began by designing churches, then shifted to houses, and now designs houses with steeples; Ibsen, at the time the play was written, had gone through three similar phases, first writing Romantic plays, then realistic plays, and finally realistic plays with Romantic overtones like The Master Builder itself.


He tells of a disastrous fire that consumed the house in which he and his wife lived early in their marriage. It is more rewarding to move with the play into a more imaginatively conceived understanding of reality, not choosing between alternatives, but reaching out to encompass divergent views.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. In The Master Builder, however, Ibsen experiments with expressionism, a new movement that was coming into vogue.

A Master Builder () – Wallace Shawn as Halvard Solness – IMDb

Herdal tries to get Solness to see that he really is very well established, with nothing to fear from young Ragnar, but Solness is vehement. As he struggles with the destructive consequences of his monomaniacal pursuit and his growing fear that he has lost his creative powers, a mysterious young woman appears.

Solness suspects that he has special powers; when he desires something, he gets it, which proves, he claims, that he is one of the chosen. Assisted by government grants and scholarships, he traveled through Italy and Germany for the next few decades, continuing his play writing, which became increasingly well received.

At the time Ibsen was working on The Master Builderhe was taking a holiday in the mountain resort of Gossensass and spending much time with Emilie Bardach, an year-old Viennese student with whom he found a temporary, “high, painful happiness” in a brief affair. Power does not corrupt man; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.