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Patel 1Kishan PatelMr.ZelezenAP Literature and Composition 3 December 2015Rebellion and ConformityHave you ever felt that everyone around you is completely wrong? Have you ever thought that perhaps you were the only reasonable or intelligent person left in your town if so, you might feel like Dr.Stockmann, the hero of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.Ideological conformity and rebellion clash in Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People.Ibsen uses the narrow-minded motives of a few to drive the community, using social classes, societal forces andthe fate of the indivusal to drive the rebellion.His stress on conformity being challenged head onwith rebellion fueled by the towns people show that such truthfulness can drive people to oppose.An Enemy of the People, was revolutionary in its unflinching portrayal of the greed and self-interest in small-town politics.Ibsen spares almost no one as he examines the power of self-interest to shape human attitudes toward truth and civic responsibility.The townspeople are portrayed as little more than an unthinking mob.In fact, Ibsen at times seems so critical of the power of the “compact majority” that some scholars interpret his play as a Marxist attack on democracy.(Roberts 1994)Dr.Stockmann comes to realize that the real pollution around him isn't necessarily the bacteria-ridden water; instead it's the ignorant masses.

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Chemistry, An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen, Dr Stockmann, Ibsen Act

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