The setting of the act is the office of the newspaper 'The Herald'. Explain how it is the proper background for the theme of the play.
The most shocking betrayal of the action occurs in the newspaper office. It is here that Dr. Stockmann learns that the Mayor has successfully managed to convince Hovstad and Aslaksen to not print the report. The newspaper office is a symbol of the role of media in society. By manipulating the newspapermen, it is implied that the Mayor has manipulated the media. Thus, the setting highlights the fact that Dr. Stockmann has been betrayed by the media as a whole. As, in an ideal society, the media must remain unaffected by the influence of politicians and always strive to report the truth, the setting of the betrayal of the truth in the newspaper office highlights the play‘s theme of the corruption of the media.