How has Galsworthy make an effective use of contrast in the story of quality?
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In John Galsworthy’s short story, “Quality”, the author effectively uses the contrast to portray how the real manual artist are facing challenges post the Industrial Revolution. The story starts with Mr. Gessler and his little shop and ends with the shop being taken over by a firm who works for the Royal Family. Through this swift change, the author aims to show how machine-operated industries hamper the works of cottage industries. Contrast is also shown in terms to work. Mr Gessler, though took a lot of time to make the shoes and never even advertised despite having the best materials, made the best boots in London. Yet he continued losing customers to those big firms as people are not going to wait long and without advertisements, not many people got to know about them. Mr. Gessler said that those big firms have no self respect as they take away their customers and produce poor quality shoes. Loss of money and lack of customers leads them to sell one part of their shop. The elder of the two brothers, unable to overcome the grief, dies. This shows the rapid decline of such artists to whom even shoemaking is an art. Through this story, the author has brought forth the fact the people like Mr. Gessler, who prefer quality over everything, are ones to suffer.
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