An Enemy of the People
An Enemy of the People
by Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People Allusions & Cultural References

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Biblical References

  • Luke 23:34 ("Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."): Dr. Stockmann paraphrases, "I forgive you, for ye know not what ye do" (5.188).
  • Historical References

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