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IRONY IN THE PLAY
An Enemy of the people is a drama filled with irony that is largely built upon the contrasts between the Stockmann brothers. The Doctor is jovial by nature and likes to be surrounded by intelligent, cheerful, hard-working people. The Burgomaster is solemn and conservative, uncomfortable in the company of liberal minded people. The Burgomaster represents conventional world-order. Dr. Stockmann strives to bring about reforms that benefit society. The Burgomaster is highly conscious of his power and status. Dr. Stockmann is conscious of his duty as a citizen. The Doctor is a brave and noble person who can defy a mob consisting of moral cowards. The Burgomaster is a shred manipulator who can sway the mob to his side.