Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Over ævne, annet stykke [Beyond Human Power II] (1826 words)

  • Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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William Morton Payne observes that the titular “might” is a word that is difficult to translate, since it means much more than strength: talent, faculty, capability (1910: 71-2). The two plays bearing this title are quite different in theme, but both express the same thought: it is vain for men to strive after the unattainable, for in so doing they lose sight of the actual possibilities of human life. In the first play, the superhuman idea was religious, but now Bjørnson’s focus is political and social.

The two main characters in this play are Rachel and Elias Sang, who featured as children in Over ævne 1, the offspring of an idealistic Christian pastor, and their worn out disillusioned mother. This play explores t…

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Over ævne, annet stykke". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2016
[, accessed 19 February 2018.]

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