Project Gutenberg’s Strife (First Series Plays), by John Galsworthy This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions. Strife, by John Galsworthy (). The conflict in this drama is between capital and labor. A strike has been in progress at the Trengartha Tin Plate Works for. Strife: English literature: The Edwardians: use of the theatre in Strife () to explore the conflict between capital and labour, and in Justice () he lent his .

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Henry Holt and Company, Every grouping of life and character has its inherent moral; and the business of the dramatist is so to poise the group as to bring that moral poignantly to the light of day.

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Such is the moral that exhales from plays like King LearHamletand Macbeth. Strife is an eminently fair and just arrangement of acts, facts, motives, and opinions, focusing up to “a spire of meaning,” bearing upon the struggle between capital and syrife. Galsworthy’s first care was to set before his audience a clear statement, without taking sides with one party or the other.

He mentions in the essay above quoted three courses which are open to the dramatist: This third method requires a certain detachment; it requires a sympathy with, a love of, and a curiosity as to, things for their own sake; it requires a far view, together with patient industry, for no immediately practical result.


That “certain detachment” is to be seen throughout Strife.

Strife: A Drama in Three Acts by John Galsworthy

The dramatist’s “sympathy with For example, we are first made to see the representatives of capital, then Harness is introduced, and, a moment later, “the men. Within a few pages of the end of the act there is a deadlock between the contending parties; then Enid is brought in. Enid presents another aspect of the question; she, the daughter of Anthony, the head of the capitalists, may be termed the “human element.

It’s so wretched, her heart’s weak; since the strike began, she hasn’t even been getting proper food. Again the author’s detachment is evident: If he feels that some human element is necessary, for the sake of truth and dramatic contrast, he allows the gentle and very human Enid even the name is indicative of her character to do the sentimentalizing.

And again Galsworthy the practical dramatist follows the rules of Galsworthy the theorist: From start to finish good dialogue is hand-made, like good lace; clear, of fine texture, furthering with each thread the harmony and strength of a design to which all must be subordinated. Throughout the first scene of the second act the characters of the people are laid bare with admirable clear-sightedness and detachment of vision.

If the poor are in a bad condition, it is somewhat the fault of their pride and dogged tenacity. Madge Thomas’s reply, “What suffering? Who said their was suffering?


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strlfe In brief, then, Galsworthy shows that if the rich are hard, they have a modicum of the milk of human kindness, and that if the poor are miserable, they are at times stubborn and haughty. Further on in the same essay the author remarks: When, therefore, a character acts “contrary, as it were, to stgife it is because we, the audience, do not know their true character.

It is by means of unexpected turns and the revelation of motives hitherto unknown to the audience, that a dramatist paints character: Again this author’s wide sympathy with life galswortby him to state that it is pretty difficult to determine just what a human being will do next. Follow carefully the scenes in which Roberts, or any other of the principal characters, appears, bearing in mind the remarks above quoted.

In Strife, what is the “spire of meaning”? What is the “inherent moral”? Was Galsworthy more interested in the moral than the characters?

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