An Enemy of the People
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Master playwright Henrik Ibsen delivers another groundbreaking message in his 1882 play An Enemy of the People. A small coastal town is full of anticipation for the grand opening of a new set of baths. Everyone knows that people from all over the country will flock to the village, seeking the healing properties of the seaside baths and thus invigorating the town’s flagging economy. However, a prominent doctor makes a shocking discovery: the baths are being polluted by waste products from the local tannery and causing disease among the baths’ clients. The doctor brings his news to the town’s mayor, hoping to gain recognition for his research and to put a stop to the dangerous problem. However, the mayor, under pressure from the townspeople whose livelihoods depend on the baths, refuses to hear the doctor’s words. The force of the mass against the individual plays out to devastating effect in Ibsen’s work, a grim exploration of human society and its shortcomings.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Dr. Thomas Stockmann, Medical Officer of the Municipal Baths.
Mrs. Stockmann, his wife.
Petra (their daughter) a teacher.
Ejlif & Morten (their sons, aged 13 and 10 respectively).
Town and Chief Constable, Chairman of the Baths' Committee, etc.
Morten Kiil, a tanner (Mrs. Stockmann's adoptive ...
Reviewed by Dollinha on Jan 9, 2013
I won't give it away, but I was disappointed with the way the story ended.
It is a classic, and it was interesting to see that even centuries later, people are still very much the same. Some things are universal.
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