Essay PreviewMore ↓
Forster wastes no time in setting the scene and setting the class boundaries of his characters. We know even from the first statement that Miss Bartlett is towards the upper classes and is potentially a very highly strung woman, which is later proven to be true. "The Signora had no business to do it" is so telling because we can imagine the word "Signora" being spat out in disgust and the forcefulness of the "no" truly imprints Charlottes histeria as major trait of her disposition.
The elitist attitude of Miss Lucy Honeychurch shortly follows. The way her opinion of the Signora is put, "And a Cockney, besides! ", is very derogatory and so we can make the assumption that because she is looking down upon the lower class Londoners, that she herself will in fact be from the upper class.
In the time that the book was set, just after the turn of the century, it was common for the upper classes of Britain to take "A Grand Tour" which would involve visiting all the major cities in mainland Europe. From the word "Signora" we may infer that Miss Bartlett and Lucy are abroad (which was a comparatively rare thing to do) and that they have enough money to do so and therefore are upper class. (Although we do then discover that charlotte is actually penniless and is merely chaperoning Lucy).
In the fourth paragraph, that fact that the Signora had "promised" them both rooms with views is repeated from the first paragraph. This shows that Lucy is obviously used to getting her own way and can afford to make a fuss and this is a reflection on the society from which she comes giving us a closer insight into her character and the standards she expects.
Charlotte is very conscious of how other people see her and it seems the person that she is and the impression of herself that she would like to impose onto other people are two different things. She would like to seem self-sacrificing as seen in the phrase "any nook does for me" and when she consequently offers her room to Lucy. When the offer of the room escalates into bickering the reader can see that the manners enforced by their society prevent them from "full-blown" arguing and yet the education of their society prevents either of them from either thinking logically or practically.
How to Cite this Page
"A Sense of Character and Society in Forster's Room With a View." 123HelpMe.com. 17 Nov 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Today, for the most part, women are seen as equal to men. Women are given the same opportunities as men and an equal chance at getting a job as men. In today’s society, women do not just have one role and that role and that being to have kids, but they can pursue any career they wish. However, it was not always this way. According to feminist theorists, western civilizations were patriarchal which means that the society is dominated by males. The society is set up so that the male is above the female in all cultural aspects including family, religion, politics, economics, art, and the social and legal realms.... [tags: Forster]
614 words (1.8 pages)
- The Subtle Heroine A Room with a View, by Edward Morgan Forster, presents the story of Lucy Honeychurch, a young woman belonging to English “high society.'; Foster places this young maiden in a state of conflict between the snobbery of her class, the “suitable and traditional'; views and advice offered by various family members and friends, and her true heart’s desire. This conflict “forces Lucy Honeychurch to choose between convention and passion (Bantam Intro-back cover),'; and throws her into a state of internal struggle, as she must sift through the elements of her “social conditioning'; and discern them from her true emotions and desires.... [tags: EM Forster A Room With A View]
498 words (1.4 pages)
- When E.M. Forster wrote A Room with a View in 1903, he wasn’t pleased with it, stating it was “clear and bright and well constructed, but so thin.” (Macaulay, 2007:78). This novel has become one of Forster’s most famous and well liked books. It is a satirical romantic comedy that criticizes the world of polite manners and social rules, through amusing dry wit and hilarious characterization. It is a social satire criticizing conservative Victorian British society at the beginning of the twentieth century; at a time when the Edwardian more lax standard of codes was just beginning to take hold (Leah, 2012).... [tags: A Room with a View Essays]
2218 words (6.3 pages)
Use of Religion to Offer a Critique of Society in Forster's “A Room with a View" and Hartley's "The Go-Between"
- “Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of, and the value of it is nothing else but the sense that you choose”, Jean-Paul Sartre, 1946. In these books, religion is used as a tool to express this feeling; even though A Room with a View was written before Existentialism and Humanism, Sartre’s idea is very clear in Forster’s work. The authors examine ways of living; impassively, as is thrust upon one by a society with such concrete values, or actively, through a rejection of the innate morals of this society.... [tags: A room with a view, the go between]
2210 words (6.3 pages)
- ... Throughout the novel, the theme of transformation is shown thru the change Lucy and Charlotte go through. This theme is affected by Forster’s “light” and “darkness” throughout the novel because the light and darkness emphasize that Lucy’s forward thinking is desirable over Charlotte’s traditional thinking. The theme of transformation is affected by Forster’s “light” and “darkness” in the novel because they both emphasize how Lucy’s path in life is more favorable. At the beginning of the story, Forster reveals Lucy’s character when she enters her room with a view: “she opened the window and breathed clean night air, thinking of the kind old man who had enabled her to see the lights dancin... [tags: society, undesirable, transformation]
893 words (2.6 pages)
- A Room With a View is a novel written by E.M. Forster in 1908. In the novel, the protagonist, Lucy, must choose between her limited but safe Victorian lifestyle and the opportunity of an exciting but scary Edwardian future. This choice is reflected in the attitudes of the two men she considers marrying, Victorian Cecil Vyse or the Edwardian George Emerson. The characters in A Room With a View have extremely contrasting attitudes and behaviors because some are Victorian and others are Edwardian.... [tags: E.M. Forster novel analysis]
2326 words (6.6 pages)
- Today, for the most part, women are seen as equal to men. Women are given the same opportunities as men and an equal chance at getting a job as men. In today’s society, women do not just have one role and that role and that being to have kids, but they can pursue any career they wish. However, it was not always this way. According to feminist theorists, western civilizations were patriarchal which means that the society is dominated by males. The society is set up so that the male is above the female in all cultural aspects including family, religion, politics, economics, art, and the social and legal realms.... [tags: Gender Roles, Equality, Novel Analysis]
661 words (1.9 pages)
- Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ utilises setting to reveal Darcy’s true character and allows Elizabeth to gain a true understanding of his nature. Pemberley estate is placed at the centre of the novel both literally and figuratively. In terms of Pemberley’s literal meaning, it informs the reader that the estate belongs to Darcy, while figuratively it reflects the charm of his character. Elizabeth Bennet’s visit to Pemeberly illuminates’ Darcy’s moral fibre, she is enchanted by its beauty and good taste; she is thrown by the vivid and vastly spread nature surrounding Pemeberly.... [tags: Compare Contrast]
1643 words (4.7 pages)
- 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.” (Heartquotes.net) 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 has affected British life and the revolution of women’s rights are all presented, analyzed, and even criticized by both authors.... [tags: Forster Lawrence Howard's End Women Essays]
1512 words (4.3 pages)
- 		Many aspects of writing catch a reader's attention and keep one interested in a book. E. M. Forster put many of these aspects in his books making them well written and quite interesting. He combined great characters, a decent story line, and his prolific knowledge of writing to make his books readable and enjoyable. 		E. M. Forster was born on January 1, 1879, in London, England. After an education at Tonbridge School and King's College, Cambridge, he spent a year traveling in Europe.... [tags: essays research papers]
1019 words (2.9 pages)
This is where we meet Mr. Emerson. There are no false pretences; he is described in the narrative as ill-bred and his intrusion into their argument is executed without thought and without trepidation all signs that he has few manners or inhibitions and therefore, despite have the decency of trying to settle the women's dispute, he must be of a lower class. The evaluation of Mr. Emerson carried out by Miss Bartlett that follows attracts the reader to the differences in the classes in society of that day. For example, Miss Bartlett disapproves of his sense of dress, a factor although shallow was of high importance if she was going to consider to be seen acquainted with them.
A method that Forster uses exceedingly well throughout, is the use of one monosyllabic noise by an upper class character to describe their opinion on the situation. Whether it be a melodramatic "Oh!" or and uninterested "Ah" this technique heightens the superiority of the character hence highlighting the difference in class and the structure of the past society.
Also, Forster differentiates between characters by referring to them as "The better class of tourist" or "one of the ill-bred people" which also adds hyperbole to importance of class. As a result, this makes gestures that bridge the gap even more momentous because not only do they break the barrier but they prove a certain humanity. However, an alternative interpretation of this could be that it shows naivety on the intricacies of the workings of the gentry system. A joyfully subtle example of such an expression is shown in the phrase: "It gave her (Lucy) no extra pleasure that anyone should be left in the cold...she gave the two outsiders a nervous little bow." She would have been nervous of her actions because it might have been as to how they may have been received but then her bow shows no hard feelings from her despite her cousin's hard-nosed attitude.
In the case of Mr. Beebe, to an extent Forster uses stereotype. He is described as "a clergyman, stout but attractive". We automatically assume that (in the case of a novel) a man of cloth is of good repute and gently natured. He would be likely to have a very positive attitude and a very comfortable air about him and the adverbs later used to describe his actions certainly affirm this for example "cheerfully apologizing" and "he came forward pleasantly".
Lucy's reaction to the entrance of Mr. Beebe portrays her youth and inexperience of adult society by displaying far more emotion and enthusiasm that would have been considered necessary. Also, only having met Mr. Beebe once and then looking at the emphasis on her excitement by the use of the anaphora of "Oh!" it could possibly be that she is merely incredibly thankful to have some new company. The differences between her and Charlotte are already apparent and so a new face to dilute Charlotte's company would evidently be very welcome.
Mr. Emerson appears to be a practical and straight to the point sort of man which accounts for his frustration when Miss Bartlett refuses to swap rooms only to maintain her social status. George Emerson seems very much like his father only with a drier sense of humour, which subtly insults Miss Bartlett. This is shown in the phrase " "It's so obvious that they should take the rooms", said the son. "There's nothing else to say" ". This ridicules Miss Bartlett because if something is obvious it should be done and by not doing it Miss Bartlett is made to seem unintelligent when because she is higher in class she should be more so.
When asked it Lucy has been to Florence she replies, "she had never been there before" which again shows her innocence at the wider world. This shortly leads to the entrance of Miss Lavish who makes her first impression of being a very intelligent woman by being opinionated and vocal. Her first word is "No!" and showing objection can often lead to an interesting discussion. Her sureness of self comes across very appealing to Charlotte who, in contrast, is very self-conscious.
By using the phrase "a perfect torrent of information" Forster uses imagery to create a climax of activity within the pension which could represent the current disruption of Lucy's character because having had a very similar lifestyle for many years being thrown into mixed class situations, she would be feeling very unsettled and this chaos mirrors it perfectly because it is a not a fatal situation just new and unfamiliar.