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.
A Drama in Three Acts
PERSONS OF THE PLAY:
JOHN ANTHONY, Chairman of the Trenartha Tin Plate Works
FREDERIC H. WILDER, |
HENRY TENCH, Secretary of the same
DAVID ROBERTS, |
HENRY ROUS, |
FROST, valet to John Anthony
ACT III. The drawing-room of the Manager's house.
The action takes place on February 7th between the hours of noon and
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