Another brilliant play by Ibsen. Next to 'The Wild Duck', this is my favourite Ibsen's play so far. I like it more than 'Ghosts' and 'Peer Gynt' because of the intense theme behind it. A man with a Viking's spirit and a robust conscience will do things as he pleases and without remorse even if others suffer for his action. He is an amoral hedonistic man who is a menace to his family and to society at large. In some ways, this play reminds me of Dostoyevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' because it dwelt with crossing the line and comitting a crime. But there is a big difference because Raskolnikov had a non robust conscience. He spirit broke down and with Godsend Sonya, his soul was redeemed. As for Solness (the master builder), there was no redemption for him. Hilda, the angel of death, delivered the retribution he deserved. In both Raskolnikov and Solness, dispensation of providence provided both with two different conscience. One with a robust conscience. The other a remdemptive conscience. Both had different ending, retribution for Solness, forgiveness, hope and redemption for Raskolnikov.