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Henrik Ibsen

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About the Title

The main character of the play, Halvard Solness, is the owner of a building company and has overseen the construction of many homes and churches. His title in the Norwegian-inflected variant of Danish written language used in both Denmark and Norway during Henrik Ibsen's time is bygmester, which translates literally as the somewhat grand-sounding phrase "master builder." Further, going all the way back to the Middle Ages (c. 500–c. 1400), the title "master" is used to describe the highest stage of training and accomplishment achieved in all European guild crafts, of which building construction is one. Stage one carries the title "apprentice," in which a young boy around 10 to 12 years old lives with his craft "master" teacher and eventually graduates to become a stage two journeyman. In stage three, the journeyman may graduate to become a "master" himself.


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