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John Galsworthy is probably most famous in contemporary assessment of the early decades of the twentieth century for being one of the materialistic Edwardians condemned by Virginia Woolf. Woolf's criticism attacked the absence of internal, psychological development in Galsworthy's characters. Nonetheless, Strife is Galsworthy's attempt to represent the lack of empathy demonstrated by both the factory owners and a trades union official during a strike at the Trenartha Tin Plate Works, while calling attention to the suffering of the workers' families. Alternately sentimental and superficial, Strife falls short of making the kind of social commentary in drama that is usually credited to George Bernard Shaw.
Submitted by T. R. Baker.
PERSONS OF THE PLAY:
JOHN ANTHONY, Chairman of the Trenartha Tin Plate Works
EDGAR ANTHONY, his Son
FREDERIC H. WILDER, |
WILLIAM SCANTLEBURY,| Directors Of the same
OLIVER WANKLIN, |
HENRY TENCH, Secretary of the same
FRANCIS UNDERWOOD, C.E., Manager of the same
SIMON HARNESS, a Trades Union official
DAVID ROBERTS, |
JAMES GREEN, |
JOHN BULGIN, | the workmen's committee
HENRY THOMAS, |
GEORGE ROUS, |
HENRY ROUS, |
EVANS, | workman at the Trenartha Tin Plate Works
A BLACKSMITH, |
A RED-HAIRED YOUTH. |
FROST, valet to John Anthony
ENID UNDERWOOD, Wife of Francis Underwood, daughter of John Anthony
ANNIE ROBERTS, wife of David Roberts
MADGE THOMAS, daughter of Henry Thomas
MRS. ROUS, mother of George and Henry Rous
MRS. BULGIN, wife of John Bulgin
MRS. YEO, wife of a workman
A PARLOURMAID to the Underwoods
JAN, Madge's brother, a boy of ten
A CROWD OF MEN ON STRIKE
ACT I. The dining-room of the Manager's house.
SCENE I. The kitchen of the Roberts's cottage near the works.
SCENE II. A space outside the works.
ACT III. The drawing-room of the Manager's house.
The action takes place on February 7th between the hours of noon and
six in the afternoon, close to the Trenartha Tin Plate Works, on the
borders of England and Wales, where a strike has been in progress
throughout the winter.
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