Analysis Of The Book ' Howard 's End '

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The social class one belongs to is largely determined by his education level and economic status, rendering it difficult for him to advance beyond the class he inherited at birth. In his novel, Howard 's End, E.M. Forster exposes his readers to three families, each in a distinct social class in early 20th century England; the Basts, made up of Leonard, an impoverished investment clerk, and his eventual wife, Jacky, are from the lower middle class; the Wilcox family, a clan has been uplifted by their father, Henry Wilcox, and his business acumen, represent the upper middle class; and the Schlegel siblings, who pride themselves on gaining culture and having intellectual experiences, are from the upper class. Using these families, Forster…show more content…
As civilization moves forward, the shoe is bound to pinch in places, and it’s absurd to pretend that anyone is personally responsible (Forster 169).” The belief that things should stay as they are is prevalent, especially among the upper classes. These views are reflected throughout the novel and are used by Forster to give to give the readers a sense of the conflicts that exist in England at the time the novel was written. As the novel progresses, the relationships that are formed make individuals reconsider how they view other social classes. We see this with Mr. Blast, after his meeting with Margaret and Helen, when he expresses that “He was at his best when he thought of them...Somehow the barriers of wealth had fallen, and there had been-he could not phrase it- a general assertion of the wonder of the world (Forster 108).” Mr. Leonard Bast knows that he is poor and that as a result, society views him as inferior to individuals such as Margaret and Helen. However, his time spent with these two ladies has made him feel as if he was not being viewed as a member of a certain social class but as a person that they were truly interested in conversing with. These individuals find common ground that allows them to slowly forget about their different backgrounds. The friendship between Margaret and Mrs. Wilcox represents an attempt of two individuals, who belong to differing social classes, as they reconcile those disparities for the sake of a
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