Danger Of Ignorance

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Danger of Ignorance by Kantapan Ratchapon An abstract idea as ignorance is widely used as a theme in many literary works involved with religious or politics. An Enemy of People (1882) written by Henrik Ibsen is a play about politics and social issue as corruption related with ignorance of people. Ignorance can be viewed as an infected disease spreading widely throughout the town. The ignorance, as a consequence, obstructs the town from any developments. Besides, all kind of illegal or immoral activities would remain and root deeply in the society if most of citizens are ignorance. In the play, ignorance is apparently portrayed and paralleled to the compact majority. The compact majority can be compared to un-educated people who are generally seen in many developing countries. Compared the Bath to technology development or social development, the city cannot accomplish this development surely since the compact majority is ignorance. Ibsen, faithfully, wrote the play as a way to criticize Europe society at the times when people were not interested in any technologies and truths. The ignorance people, in truth, would not regard what is right or wrong. They seem to believe what the majority believe without any consideration. Dangerously, people, in the play, seem to not care about having rights and allow their superior (might) to control anything even the truth. In the conversation between Dr. Stockman and his wife, as an example, Dr. Stockman says that ‘Yes, but I have right on mine!’ His Wife, Mrs. Stockman immediately reposes to his saying that ‘Right! Yes, of course. But what’s the use of right without might?’ The conversation suggests plainly that the ignorance can turn wrongness into righteousness. They change the might to the right and change the lie to the truth. Public opinion, in the play, decides all. Finally, the principle man as Dr. Thomas Stockman

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