Enemy of the People

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Enemy of the People





“An Enemy of the People”, a play written by Henrik Ibsen, is about a small town on the
southern coast of Norway and how it perceives and accepts truth. The town is governed by
Peter Stockmann and doctored by his younger brother, Thomas. The main conflict flares up
between these two siblings and then spreads throughout the town as they both try to do
best by the “community.”

Dr. Thomas Stockmann is a public-minded doctor in a small town famous for its public
baths. He discovers that the water supply for the baths is contaminated and has probably
been the cause of some illness among the tourists who are the town's economic lifeblood.
In his effort to clean up the water supply, Dr. Stockmann runs into political cowards,
sold-out journalists, shortsighted armchair economists, and a benighted

Citizenry. His own principled idealism exacerbates the conflict. The well-meaning doctor
is publicly labeled an enemy of the people, and he and his family are all but driven out
of the town he was trying to save.

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