Love Expression in A Room With a View

1019 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
Imagine being required to marry someone because of the family you belong to instead of being able to meet someone, fall in love, and marry them. In 2011, no one I know could imagine being told by their parents or expectations of their society who you have to marry whether you like them or not. Forester writes about love in A Room with a View. He believes love is important, even though, the book is set in an English society about 100 years ago, where love is not important, at a time when people are encouraged to strictly follow the rules and ethics of their place in society. Civilized people believe love and romance is less important than following the rules and expectations of a prim and proper existence. Some characters such as Mr.…show more content…
Lucy is with Cecil her fiancé of obligation and George who passionately loves her in the garden. As they are going back to the house, George and Lucy run up ahead of Cecil, and they kiss, Cecil doesn’t even notice. “She led the way up the garden, Cecil following her, George last. She thought a disaster was averted. But when they entered the shrubbery it came. The book, as if it had not worked mischief enough, had been forgotten, and Cecil must go back for it, and George, who loved passionately, must blunder against her in the narrow path. ‘No—‘she gasped, and, for the second time, was kissed by him” It was dangerous to express passion in front of a woman’s fiancé at any time, but particularly in England at this time. Here George’s Dad, Mr. Emerson, is speaking. This is quite a different view than a good member of English society would have lived by. “’I taught him,’ he quavered, ‘to trust in love. I said: ‘When love comes, that is reality.’ I said: ‘Passion does not blind. No. Passion is sanity, and the woman you love, she is the only person you will ever really understand’” (192). Here Mr. Forester is suggesting that love is more valuable, honest, and important than in any relationship than the social classes and social expectations of the time. In this story there is an ongoing struggle between following the rules and expectations of a strict society to marry the proper person, or get
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