(Critical Survey of Literature, Revised Edition)

This play is the second and more powerful half of a dual play in which Bjørnson examined social and economic problems of his century. In Beyond Our Power, he probed the apparent inability of labor and management to understand one another. Bjørnson’s own solution is propounded by Pastor Falk, who preaches Christian patience and forbearance, and by Rachel Sang, a moderate liberal whose aim it is to spread social enlightenment. There is in the drama a rather disconcerting mixture of naturalism and expressionism which slightly diminishes but does not too greatly detract from the effectiveness of the play as a document of social protest.