Essay about An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

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An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People deals with the extent to which individual desires and beliefs are compromised by society. In particular, the play focuses on the ways in which an individual can be ostracized by the society he is trying to help. One primary message of the play is that the individual, who stands alone, is more often "right" than the mass of people, who are portrayed as ignorant and sheeplike. Isben who turned atheist during his encounter with Georg Brandes, presents many
Christian values in ‘An enemy of the people’, and religious references. Both Dr. Stockmann and Mrs. Stockmann reveal signs of religious references and show Christian values. We learn that Dr. Stockmann has
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Dr Stockmann is seen to have only good intentions for the people in his community and is willing to put the welfare of others in front of his own and his family, just as Jesus did.

Mrs. Stockmann. I don’t know anything about that; but God preserve us from the peace of mind we shall have, all the same, if you go on defying him! You will find yourself again without the means of subsistence, with no income to count upon. I should think we had had enough of that in the old days. Remember that, Thomas; think what that means. Dr. Stockmann. And this is what this slavery can bring upon a free, honorable man!

Dr. Stockmann. I do not mind coming back twice if necessary. A matter of such great importance- the welfare of the town at stake- it is no time to shirk trouble.

However from his strong values we see a disrespectful tone in Dr
Stockmann which contrasts with his previous Christian values. He refers to the baths as ‘whitened sepulchre’, and can come across very offensive as a sepulchre is the tomb in which the body of Christ was laid in. He also says, ‘ah devils take it’, which isn’t allowed to be said as a religious person and is seen as blasphemes language.

Never the less Dr Stockmann wants good for his community and believes that he is doing a right things for his people and will not let anything get in his way of stopping the truth from being ‘brought to light’. ‘Do you think you can

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