What do you think the enemy is in An Enemy of the People?

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An Enemy Of The People has an intriguing title so this work has been the subject of much debate and analysis. To find the answer we must first look at the context and plot of this piece which describes a business enterprise. Dr. Thomas Stockmann is chief medical officer at an almost completed health resort. Although these baths were his idea, it was his older brother, Peter who had the business acumen and political connections to carry it out as he was the mayor. However, there is a potential public health issue when he receives a lab report that the water is contaminated. Here the conflict deepens. The backers and townspeople can decide to demolish and rebuild the baths at enormous expense, risking bankruptcy; or they can tell the truth to the people and avoid damaging their health.

Dr. Thomas Stockmann wants to tell the truth but his brother Peter says that he could be ruined as could the entire town which depends on the success of the project. On his side he...

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