A Mass of Individuals: A Comparison of An Enemy of a People and Jaws

Henry Ibsen’s 1882 play Enemy of the People and Steven Spielberg’s iconic film Jaws both a address the same central theme: a power struggle between the needs of the individual and the needs of the majority. As Thomas attempts to persuade the citizens of the city to close the Baths, their economic livelihood, his argument … Read moreA Mass of Individuals: A Comparison of An Enemy of a People and Jaws

Literature Analysis – ” An Enemy of the People”

“ I think we must agree that fools are in a terrible, overwhelming majority, all the wide world over. But how in the devil’s name can it ever be right for fools to rule over wise men?” (113). This quote describes Henrik Ibsen’s philosophy towards the majority, which is also being portrayed as foolish and … Read moreLiterature Analysis – ” An Enemy of the People”

An Enemy of the People – An Epistemological Crisis in Disguise

In An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen dissects the social malaise that arises from democracy’s twin failures to sanction controversial scientific breakthroughs and to allocate liberty and sovereignty to the area of scientific research. In this way, Ibsen challenges the confines of democracy and its inability bring about justice, consensus and egalitarianism due to … Read moreAn Enemy of the People – An Epistemological Crisis in Disguise