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

Both Dr. Stockmann and Mrs. Stockmann reveal signs of religious
references and show Christian values. We learn that Dr. Stockmann has
strong moral values when it comes to honesty and truth. From the
following we can tell that he believes that the truth should not be
hidden from anyone let alone the community, and that the truth shall
prevail in the end. ‘I should think he would be very glad that such an
important truth has been brought to light’. We can also see that the
truth is a very important part of Dr. Stockmann’s life, and that the
truth is what rightly should be stood up for, as he says, ‘In god’s
name, what else do you suppose I should do but take my stand on right
and truth?’ and the ‘truth and the people will win the fight you may
be certain!’. Apart from sticking up for the truth he also believes in
sticking up for what he believes in which is a strong Christian value.
You can almost compare Jesus Christ to Dr. Stockmann as both stands up
for what they believe are the truth and what they believe in. Just as
Jesus preached to people to back his side, Dr Stockmann does the same.
‘If I can’t hire a hall, I shall hire a drum, and parade the town with
it and read it at every street- corner’. His struggle to be heard by
others is similar to that of the Christ.

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...

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