Howards End

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  • Public School Mentality in Howards End and Passage to India Essay

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    Public School Mentality in Howard's End and Passage to India The public-school system remains unique because it was created by the Anglo-Saxon middle classes - how perfectly it expresses their character - with its boarding houses, its compulsory games, its system of prefects and fagging, its insistence on good form and on esprit de corps - (E.M. Forster, 'Notes on the English Character', 1936.) Forster perceived the public-school system to be at the centre of the English middle-classes

  • Essay on Howard's End by E. M. Forster

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    Howard's End by E. M. Forster Howards End by E. M. Forster deals with the conflict of class distinctions and human relationships. The quintessence of the main theme of this lovely novel is: "Only connect!…Only connect the prose and passion…and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer." This excerpt represents the main idea that Forster carries through the book: relationships, not social status, are--or at least should be--the most important thing for people.Howards

  • The Importance of Knowing One's Self In E.M. Forster's Howard's End

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    Do the characters of "Howards End" understand the importance of `knowing oneself'? It was Rose Macauley who wrote in The Writings of E. M. Forster- Howards End (1938) that one meaning of the novel might be "about the importance of knowing oneself, of learning to say "I."." Those that can say "I" are those who can also see the `unseen' and accept the `inner'. Those that cannot only see the `seen' and the `outer'. The novel argues that a lack of knowing oneself leads to life's ills and no sense

  • Grotesque View of the British Society in Howard’s End and Women in Love

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    Grotesque View of the British Society in Howard’s End and Women in Love Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “a little simplification would be the first step toward rational living.” ( After reading Howard’s End and Women in Love, by E.M. Forster and D.H. Lawrence respectively, it has become quite clear that a little simplification could do the characters of both novels a great deal of good. In these “condition of England” novels, the ideas of love and marriage, how industrialization

  • Howards End and the Uncanny

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    In what ways are the realist tendencies of Howards End undermined by the presence of the uncanny? Realism is both reliant on and thoroughly undermined by the uncanny. Realism was prominent during the 19th and 20th centuries. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms realism is a ‘general attitude’ of literature that ‘rejects idealization, escapism and other extravagant qualities of romance.’ It must be noted that realism is not simply a realistic “slice of life” but a ‘system of conventions

  • Connection in Howards End

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    Connection in Howard’s End In E.M. Forster’s novel, Howard’s End, connection is perhaps the most important theme of the story, as the words "Only connect" make up its epigraph. Connections are necessary in many cases such as family, friends, and many other acquaintances. Howard’s End deals with conflict of class distinctions and human relationships. Connecting within oneself is a very important role which we are introduced to through Mr. Henry Wilcox’s character and his development between family

  • Connection in Forster’s Howards End Essay

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    The epigraph of E.M. Forster's novel Howards End is just two words: "only connect".  As economical as this gesture seems, critics and interpreters have made much of this succinct epigraph and the theme of connection in Howards End.  Stephen Land, for example, cites a: demand for connection, in the sense of moving freely between the two Forsterian worlds - the two "sides of the hedge", the everyday world of social norms and the arcadian or paradisal world of individual self-realization - has its

  • 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

  • Analysis Of Forster 's ' Howard 's End '

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    Forster’s Howard’s End is in both content and form a novel of movement, instability and flux. This is fundamentally due to the era in which it has been crafted, as British society and its literary conventions were both radically revolutionising. Traditional Edwardian values of class, family and property were thrown into chaos and emerging existential preoccupations that would eventually be deemed ‘Modernist’ gained prevalence. Fundamentally, either to deem Howard’s End an obviously modernist text

  • Essay on Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Forster's Howards End

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    In both Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Forster's Howards End, most of the characters are devoid of any social conscience until circumstances beyond their control force them to realize that being morally responsible to one another is the key to happiness. Only when this connection is made can each person realize their true potential for personal growth. First, in To the Lighthouse, Mr. Ramsey is constantly portrayed as a self-absorbed man who thinks of what he could have been and how people