An Enemy of the People
"The strongest man in the world is the one who stands most alone." The plot of Ibsen's play is relevant more than 125 years after its 1882 publication. Natural springs found in a little Norwegian village are about to put the town on the map until a physician outs a powerful area business that is poisoning the water. Unfortunately, the media is complicit with local government in suppressing the study and when the scientist himself offers to lecture no one will rent him a forum. In short, when the scientist bucks local interests he becomes a pariah to the lightly-educated and easily-manipulated majority in the town, "an enemy of the people." Handier than the free PDFs on the web, this you can hold, bookmark, highlight and shelve. An inexpensive imperative for any history-, economics-, or political- buff.
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An enemy of the people is arguably one of the greatest plays ever written in history. In a very significant way it addresses political and socio economic issues pertinent in third world countries. The main protagonist in the play, thomas stands up for the truth no matter the price he has to pay. He is exposed to slander intimidation and some sort of violence. The masses for which he fights are made to turn against him by political leaders who are out to protect their posts and moral influence in the town. He however stands firm in the end proclaiming that the strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. The press symbolised by the peoples messenger is a part of the political malfunctional system and the deceitful gang. It shows that at times in our political history, people should stand for right yet unpopular values.
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An Enemy of the People: A New Version by Christopher Hampton
Henrik Ibsen,Christopher Hampton
Limited preview - 1997