The Skin Game Theme Essay

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Social injustice arises when equality treated unequally. Each time when someone cheats of what one deserve, there is injustice. Galsworthy has dealt with the theme of social injustice by portraying society as a sharply divided entity consisting of totally opposed classes. His The Skin Game deals with the theme of social injustice. A class struggle is in progress. But it is not between the rich and poor. The struggle is not based on economic inequality but on social inequality. The Skin Game portrays a class conflict between the aristocratic family of Hillcrists and the equally affluent but socially inferior Hornblower family.
Galsworthy has shown the rich as the ruling class and the poor as the suffering. His basic sympathy continues to
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Hillcrist is always hostile and insulting the Hornblower family. She stumbles across a piece of sensational news about the shady pact of Hornblower’s daughter-in-law, Chloe. She comes to know that Chloe has an unsavoury past. The ruthless Mrs. Hillcrist blackmails Hornblower. She goes to the extent of arranging witnesses to prove the story. Hornblower totally breaks down at this threat.He knows that his family honor will be lost. He signs under the threat a legal sales deed handing over the newly bought land as well as the long meadow which he has first bought form Hillcrest. He is forced to sell for a paltry amount of four thousand five hundred …show more content…
The aristocratic family does not mind stooping to any level to get what it wants Mrs. Hillcrist degenerates into Lady Macbeth by resorting to unworthy tactics and finally breaks down Hornblower and his family. “I never had any say in mine till I had the brass, and nobody ever will. It's all hypocrisy.You county folk are fair awful hypocrites. Ye talk about good form and all that sort o' thing. It's just the comfortable doctrine of the man in the saddle; sentimental varnish. Ye're every bit as hard as I am, underneath.” (SG 18)At the end, she feels a little guilty but she tries to justify what she has done.Hillcrist is opposed to his wife’sdesign.He has no power to stop her. Hesits back and closes his eyes once he knows that his wife is not going to stop her plans. The Hornblower family is broken. Chloe commits suicide. After the injustice to their neighbours, the Hillcrists can feel only sorry for what has happened. The conflict is between a representative of the land-owning gentry and representative of the newly rich. Hillcrest is basically a good man but he believes in the superiority of the higher classes. His attitude towards Hornblower is one of superior condescensions. He tells his daughter Jill, “Well, Jill, all life’s a struggle between people at different stages of development, in different position, with different amounts of social influence and property. And the only thing is to have rules

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