The Majority is Always Wrong: An Analysis of Henrique Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

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An Enemy of the People is a play by Henrik Ibsen about a small town in Norway that becomes very successful when its citizens discover that the water from the local spa has healing properties. Thomas Stockmann, the town doctor, discovers that the water is actually contaminated with effluent from a nearby factory and tries to warn the townspeople about the danger. However, no one will listen to him because they are all making money from the spa's success and don't want anything to change. Stockmann eventually decides to go public with his findings, but this only makes him even more unpopular with his fellow citizens who now see him as an enemy of the people.