Analysis Of Lucy Honeychurch's 'A Room With A View'

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A Room with a View provides commentary on British Society in the early twentieth century, ridiculing the social pressures placed on the middle class at the time. Readers witness this through the changes that emerge in Lucy Honeychurch’s character as she moves between the two settings of the novel, Florence and Surrey. Florence, Italy represents a free, progressive environment away from the strain of British society, allowing Lucy to show her true character. Surrey, however, represents the restrictive environment present for the British middle class during this time, ultimately keeping Lucy from expressing her genuine self. The contrast between these two settings illuminates the faults within British society during the end of the Victorian age and criticises those who conformed to the social norms of the time. Distressed when they arrive in Florence over the fact that they are not given a room with a view, the cousins accept a new room with a view from the Emersons (p. 10), which introduces the theme that Florence, as well as the Emersons, will offer Lucy a view of life beyond what she knows from her home in England. This establishes Florence as a liberating force that works against the restrictions of traditional Victorian British society. At the beginning of the novel, Mr. Beebe reveals that his first impression of Lucy was that she was rather simple, however he remarked of Lucy’s piano skills that “If Miss Honeychurch ever takes to live as she plays, it will be very

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