One standing alone in a world full of those who hate everything that you stand for, Dr. Stockman is the enemy of his towns’ people that were once his friends. Enemy of the People written by Henrik Ibsen touches on many subjects that were not deemed suitable in the late 1800s. Throughout the novel there is a battle of ethics conflict between Dr. Stockman and his brother Peter Stockman. Each raise their own points on what should be done about the baths but, it is shown that power is once again trying to conquer over the truth. This novel is Ibsen’s way to lash out at all of the corrupt and those who are so easily turned to the side of the corruption. There has been a never ending argument whether Dr. Stockman was right basing his view of the baths on scientific view, was Peter Stockman was right since his thoughts were based on the economic point of view, or was both right. An individual who defies society because of his moral convictions, and consequently suffers for his independent and unbending stand, is not an unfamiliar phenomenon, whether in the annals of human history or in the experience of contemporary societies (Roshwald Gale). Thomas Stockman is much like the author of the book, who is willing to kicked out of the social realm of society and race the cold world alone. Dr. Stockman raises the argument, is he right because he has science on his side but can only focus on shutting down the towns lively hood. He has many on his side his concern is the health of others and does not care how many turn against him or what they try to do to him; he stands firmly and will not change what he believes in. Just like Dr. Stockman, this plays’ view deal with idealism and promotes to take a stand on moral no matter the obvious cost (Howes Gale). A man that is willing to give up his normal life, stand against those who can obviously hurt him but has the evidence from science to prove his findings. “We are making our living by retailing filth and corruption! The whole of our flourishing municipal life derives its sustenance from a lie!”(Henrik 30). He may have had a callous attitude to willingness to sacrifice the wealth of the town, but sticks to his moral of the well being of human beings and is motivated by his compassion for wider humanity (Roshwald Gale). He is a man that has condemned majority rule. Dr. Stockman is a man that has put himself on the pedestal of principles and is right for standing up for his beliefs to the end, even though, the entire town was against him and his own brother was willing to ruin him to save money. Peter Stockman is a man of great power in the town, he is the mayor, chairman of the Baths and a politician. Being a politician that makes Peter Stockman a man of the people, meaning he believes and has power and authority in the town because of that. Without the majority rule Peter would have never been able to win the situation with his brother, he would have been forced to make the changes needed. However, it is meant in the story for Peter to be the antagonist and Dr. Stockman is the protagonist. Peter wanted to handle the problem of the baths in a way that would not make the town or himself lose any money or cause any bad press to be said on the matter. For this he does whatever it takes to keep the people on his side of the matter, that goes for swaying the wealthy his way by saying there would be a tax to even stabbing his brother in the back. "The matter in hand is not simply a scientific one. It is a complicated matter, and has its economic as well as its technical side" (Ibsen 29). Peter only cares for the economy of the town, he wants to keep the problem with the bathes from the town and from the potential vacationers. Without the bathes Peter knows that the town will have higher taxes, people will lose their jobs and force the town into poverty. So he does everything no matter how ruthless and selfish it may seem to save the economy of the
Political Science 275
Online, Spring 2015
The list of topics below is a starting point. You are free to come up with a topic of your own that you think would be more interesting to you; I have always believed that people do better work when they get to decide what they're going to be working on. If you want to use your own topic, by noon EST on Sunday, March 1 you must e-mail me a one or two page typed abstract or outline (it can be longer if you want) clearly explaining what you…
Explain the importance of the Home Front to the final outcome of the War.
By Daniel Leeder.
Although the Home Front was not as important as the land war in Europe and the war at sea, it was still relatively important to the final outcome of the war. Some of the most important points include, the fact that the British public was affected or involved in a major war for the first time, bombs dropped on London by Zeppelins and the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA). Further points include the munitions…
The war to revolutionize all wars
The First World War was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Many of the young men and women who served in it believed this. Sadly, they were wrong. This war revolutionized how wars are fought to this day. One of the major things it changed was battlefield communication. The evolution of World War One battlefield communication is very complex.
To understand World War One battlefield communication, its background…
through active political maneuvering, a Jewish homeland could be created. Zionism was becoming a popular concept by the time World War I began.
World War I and Chaim Weizmann
During World War I, Great Britain needed help. Since Germany (Britain's enemy during WWI) had cornered the production of acetone -- an important ingredient for arms production -- Great Britain may have lost the war if Chaim Weizmann had not invented a fermentation process that allowed the British to manufacture their own liquid…
habeas corpus” through the eyes of three presidents and the matter of the “enemy combatants” put in prison, in Guantanamo Bay, on leased land the government of Cuba. We find that some of these are innocence of a crime they have not committed. I seek out the underling of all prisoners held in a compound with no legal rights, civil rights and not able to exercise their freedom of speech. However, some are considered as “enemy combatants” against the United States, while there are many among them that…
Phil 263: The Idea of God
December 5, 2014
Spiritual Dreams & Christianity
"Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream"
Religion was the first field of dream analysis. According to Wendy Doniger and Kelly Bulkley, “the earliest writings we have on dreams are primarily texts on their religious and spiritual significance.” Since the very beginning…
Adolf Hitler is one of the most infamous historical figures of arguably, any century. His climb to power during World War II and his involvement and actions leading to the extermination of Jewish peoples during the Holocaust has been the subject of countless academic papers, novels and films. It may be too simplistic to say that Hitler must have been a psychopath, that no sane person with a soul could have perpetrated such acts. But what does being a psychopath mean and how is it determined…
feel free to work with a
Beginnings of the Cold War, 1945-1991
Do we use it?...
The Cold War, 1945-1991
The “Superpowers” and the Division of Europe
• Response Paper #6
• Question: Who bears
responsibility for the Cold War –
the USA or Soviet Union?
What are the key features of the Cold
Features of The Cold War
- ‘Iron Curtain’ (division of Europe/Germany)
- No direct conflict between US and USSR