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An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People

  

by Henrik Ibsen

An Enemy of the People Hypocrisy Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used R. Farquharson Sharp's translation.

Quote #10

Dr. Stockmann: "Of course you don't, but I will tell you. A free man has no right to soil himself with filth; he has no right to behave in a way that would justify his spitting in his own face." (5.120)

To the end, the Doctor absolutely refuses to be a hypocrite. He would rather sacrifice himself and his entire family than compromise his beliefs. Is he a fool or a hero? What do you think?

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