Voices of Rationality in Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People


  • Shahaji Mastud D.A.B. N. College Chikhali, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India


It is acknowledged that majority is always right though individual speak rationally. They are few in strength so the value of their thought is less than the other dominant groups. They have the habit of speaking politically correct but not socially accurate. Political leaders use the language that is benefited rather than universal truth. They lost ideology and run behind popular convictions. The public opinion has formed with corrupted mesh of thoughts. The voice of rationality has been always suppressed and controversial statements are discussed in a public domain. The image of a person has been constructed and even disturbed with the fake opinions. The opinions are constructed, fractured and manipulated in all print and visual media. The main problems are always diverted with such opines. To solve any problem in the world, there were no other option rather than rational thinking. In this regard, my research explores the voices of rationality in ‘An Enemy of the People’.


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How to Cite

Mastud, S. . (2019). Voices of Rationality in Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(1), 12. Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/11083