Arthur Miller's adaptation of An enemy of the people

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Penguin Books, 1977 - Literary Criticism - 125 pages
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Dr. Stockman is pilloried by townsmen who are unable to accept his discovery that the town's water supply is toxic. Best Books for Senior High Readers. This is a modern translation by Arthur Miller of the story of a doctor who cannot conform. Dr. Stockmann attempts to expose a water pollution scandal in his home town which is about to establish itself as a spa. When his brother, the mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to the public meeting only to be shouted down and reviled as an enemy of the people. Ibsen's explosive play reveals his distrust of politicians and the blindly held prejudices of the solid majority.

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This a classic story of one man standing up for what is right, for what he believes in. When Dr. Stockmann discovers that the spas that has made members of his community wealthy are polluted, the rest of the town turns a blind eye. Espescially his brother, the mayor of the town, and two men who work for the local newspaper, who at first supported him. When he tries to warn the people, he is deemed a traitor. This is a riviting story thats dialogue is excellent and the plot/conflict couldn't be any better. I strongly recomend this book as a quick read and as an inspiration for your own life. 


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About the author (1977)

Ibsen was a playwright and poet. He worked at theatres in Bergen and Kristiania. He later went into voluntary exile after his theatre went bankrupt. He suffered a stroke in 1900 which ended his literary career.

Arthur Miller was one of the most acclaimed and influential playwrights of the twentieth century, whose notable works include The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, A View From The Bridge and All My Sons, all of which are available in full cast recordings from L.A. Theatre Works.

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