E.M. Forster's Howards End Essay

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Only ConnectE.M. Forster's Howards End in short is a story about the struggle between three social classes that takes place in England prior to World War I. There are many connections that can be found through out the story. For example, the upper class Schlegels are just as wealthy as the upper-middle class Wilcoxs, but they don't have the same kind of values. The Basts are the poorest, representing the lower class, also have their own values. One connection here is the money and wealth. The Schlegels have enough to pursue other things in life while the Wilcoxs are constantly looking for more and the Basts can only dream of it. There are other connections such as people interacting with each other, inner life and outer life, and the sexes.The three different social classes encounter each other under odd circumstances and their fate intertwine. Margaret and Henry is a good example of how different the upper class and upper-middle class are: "Mature as he was, she might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man. With it love is born, and alights on the highest curve, glowing against the gray, sober against the fire" (Forster 186). The Schlegels are artistic, intellectual and impractical while the Wilcoxes are materialistic and practical. There is little common between these two families, but only with Margaret's determination to connect that the families become in-laws. Margaret doesn't display the family traits as much as her sister Helen, which is why she can tolerate Henry. Also, Henry maybe be conservative and chauvinistic, but he's not like his son Charles who is humorless and strict. Margaret and Henry are the two exceptional members of their family that don't display their family traits to the extreme.The Schlegels have inner life and Wilcoxs have outer life like ying and yang. They are complementary opposites rather than absolute because the two need each other's...

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