Monday 25 September 2017

This woman's life: Is there a master plan, or are they making it up as they go along?

 

Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes

Rita Ann Higgins

I wish I'd seen Ralph Fiennes acting in Ibsen's play The Master Builder.

It has a self-tortured protagonist, the master builder Solness (which sounds like soulless). He is jealous of his ambitious young rivals and carries bucket-loads of guilt. He wears hubris like tight ski pants. His downfall is that he takes on more than he is able to, and in dealing with others he never sees the plank in his own eye.

The play has several other layers. It's tough enough to read, and I am struggling with it. But then Ibsen writes: "It is the small losses in life that cut one to the heart."

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