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It is very common to become caught in a conflict when two different desires clash with each other One such case that frequently occurs is the struggle to attain personal success over the welfare of others In the play An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen the main character Dr Stockmann is faced with such a dilemma as he must not only defend himself but also those around him Dr Stockmann tries to both keep the townspeople protected and satisfy his own personal agenda The town in which Dr Stockmann lives has recently created a system of baths that have made the economy stronger than ever However Stockmann tests the water and realizes that the water is polluted and can create many problems if the baths continue to function He then brings his case to the mayor and some of the more influential members of the town in order to fix the problem Dr Stockmann shows a genuine concern for the townspeople and his intentions at this point seem to be to keep the water safe for all When the mayor explains that fixing the baths would be too costly and simply cannot be done Dr Stockmann begins to work with the local newspaper on a plan to take down the corrupt government He shows this when he states Because it is not merely a question of water supply and drains you know No- it is the whole of our social life that we have got to purify and disinfect36 Dr Stockmann wants to use his new information to expose the fraudulence of the government and would like the people to effectively take some form of control He is truly looking out for the best of the public in hoping to create a more just society Dr Stockmanns final agenda in which he tries to put the public over his own personal benefit comes when he decides to stay in the town and create
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