An Enemy of the People tells the story of one man's quest to stick to his principles no matter what the cost. The protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, sacrifices everything for his beliefs. The Doctor's fierce dedication stands out in sharp contrast to many of the play's secondary characters, who seem to compromise their supposed beliefs without a second thought. In the end, the play reveals itself as a sharp examination of the terrible price that society often demands of an individuals who stay true to their principles.
The Doctor is one of the few characters in the play that stays committed to his principles.
Dr. Stockmann's ideals are flawed, naïve, and destructive.