Social Injustice In John Barthwick's Play

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concerns without ever being furiously didactic is the quality of a naturally brilliant dramatic genius. In both the plays social injustice is the product of the semi-feudal system and its inherent imbalances. The conflict essentially in between the rich and poor, the haves and the have – notes. The losers and sufferers are ultimately the poor, the underdogs and those who are at the lowest rung of the society. The class character of this conflict is evident in the fact that is both plays, the rich, as is natural, want to preserve their interests and hide their mistakes at the expense of the poor. The point that assumes greater significance as portrayed by cal worthy is the fact that the rich have the where –with-alls to achieve what they …show more content…
N.P. is a typical British aristocrat and upper class man whose only philosophy in life is self – preservation. His private soul and public appearance are two diametrically opposed things. He has to necessarily say one thing and mean another. That is at the core of his social being. Hypocrisy is no conscious effort for his as it pours out of him eloquently and naturally. Even in politics he is a liberal which means an intellectual sympathy for the poor. On many occasions he vices this concern. He can conveniently indulge in platitudes like. The representation of all parties is necessary for any proper reform, for any proper social policy” (Silver Box, P.4). This is pure demagogy, because Barthwick can never really be serous about social justice or reform. The most powerful exposure of his inherent selfishness and hypocrisy comes in the scene where he closes the windows in order to avoid seeing the cry in children of Mrs. Jones. His single minded concern to safeguard his prestige and social positions, his absolute insensitiveness to the suffering of Jones, his inability to get the better of his dominating wife and his willingness to stifle out justice in the case of Jones are the clear hall marks of a totally self centred man. Not that he is completely de- humanized. He knows what is right and what is wrong. He can readily understand the worthlessness of his son, he can at times be outspoken in condemning him. But he can never go beyond the limits of his selfishness.

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