Saturday, July 11, 2009
An Enemy of the People
In the course of my conversation and debates over Iran with my long time great friend "A", I remembered Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People. I respect her political knowledge and humanitarian tendencies and believe in most of her facts and reasons. But our views about the reality of the situation is different. Is she another Dr. Stockmann?
An Enemy of the People addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses, and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It is the story of one man's brave struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance. The play's protagonist, Dr Stockmann, represents the playwright's own voice.