Isolation in "Howards End" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Isolation in "Howards End"
This paper explores the themes of isolation in E. M. Forster's "Howards End".
# 36026 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2003 in Literature (English)

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This paper analyzes the theme of separateness or isolation in the book "Howards End" by EM Forster. The paper discusses how many of the social and spiritual sicknesses that Forster delineates are rooted in the gulfs between classes and between individuals, in the failure of all to communicate and to "connect." The paper highlights how Forster admonishes men not only to connect within themselves, but, on the basis of such fusion, to connect with each other.

From the Paper:

"Howard's End is usually ranked, as E. M. Forster's most mature and most brilliant book. It has many themes and ideas in common. Howard's End seems optimistic and perhaps sentimental. It focuses in a semi-idealistic way on England, its past, present and future, and in doing so it tends to romanticize the traditions of the past, while clear-sightedly prophesying the trends of the future. In Howards End Forster confined himself pretty strictly to novel writing as a kind of social science: England in the book was simply England, the nation, the social structure. Howards End is a novel about property, both spiritual and material. On the one hand, it deals with the economic structure of English society, with the complex inter-relationships of industrialists (the Wilcoxes), intellectuals (the Schlegels) and workers (the Basts) in their struggle for material property. On the other hand, it deals with the spiritual heritage, or property, of England, and the ways in which differing groups are handling that heritage, like the Wilcoxes, the Schlegels and the Basts."

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