Hilda has met both Mr. and Mrs. Solness before. When she comes to see them, however, it is not to pay them a courtesy visit. She has a specific purpose, which is very surprising, given her modern and quite mature appearance. Hilda turns out to be an exceptionally regressive person.
She demands that Solness keep his presumed promise made ten years earlier, when she was a girl just entering puberty. At that time Solness came to her home town in the North to build a new church, and in a girlish way she fell in love with the dauntless master builder, who climbed to the top of the church tower. Solness remembers absolutely nothing of the episode, which is developed solely by Hilda. Whether the memories she presents are true or sheer fantasy is impossible to decide. In her own words: Hilda: You said I was lovely in my white dress – and that I looked like a little princess… And then you said that when I grew up, I could be your princess.
[And then] You caught me up and kissed me, Mr. Solness… Oh yes, that you did. You held me in both your arms and bent me back and kissed – many times. (Ibsen, 1992 a: 330-331) Body Para 4: Other people Supports Conclusion: In this play, these two female characters are not he major characters that Hedda is, rather they are characters that help make up Halvard’s story. But they are still full characters of the changing world at the turn of the century.
It is unfortunate that 100 years (or so) after these plays were written, the battle is still being fought and there are still people out there that echo Strindberg’s sentiments about liberated women in thought, deed, and in the media.
William Faulkners short story Barn Burning describes a typical relationship between wealthy people and poor people during the Civil War. The main character, Abner Snopes, sharecrops to make a living for his family. He despises wealthy people. Out of resentment for wealthy people, he goes and burns their barns to get revenge. Abners character over the course of the story is unchanging in that he is ...