An Enemy of the People (Ibsen)
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|An Enemy of the People (1882)
by , translated by Robert Farquharson Sharp
|''An Enemy of the People addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses, and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It is the story of one man's brave struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance. The play's protagonist, Dr Stockmann, represents the playwright's own voice. Upon completion of the play, Ibsen wrote to his publisher in Copenhagen : "I am still uncertain as to whether I should call it a comedy or a straight drama. It may have many traits of comedy, but it also is based on a serious idea."|
A play in five acts
- 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).
- Peter Stockmann (the Doctor's elder brother), Mayor of the Town and Chief Constable, Chairman of the Baths' Committee, etc.
- Morten Kiil, a tanner (Mrs. Stockmann's adoptive father).
- Hovstad, editor of the "People's Messenger."
- Billing, sub-editor.
- Captain Horster.
- Aslaksen, a printer.
- Men of various conditions and occupations, a few women, and a troop of schoolboys--the audience at a public meeting.
The action takes place in a coastal town in southern Norway.
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