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This paper examines the history and social values of England in the post-WWI period through examining two works, John Braine's novel, "Room at the Top" and Arthur Marwick's book, "British Society Since 1945." First, the paper gives a basic plot summary and character analysis of Braine's work. The paper describes the novel as about a person seeking to move into a higher class, and conducting himself with shabby moral values in order to achieve his ends. Marwick's work is seen as filling in the blank spaces that the reader needs to fully understand post-World War II Britain. The paper further describes how Marwick's work presents many of the changes present in British society at this time, particularly the moral values, which some considered hedonistic.
From the Paper:"In the novel Room at the Top author Braine skillfully portrays a man from the lower socioeconomic class, Joe Lampton, who is going through dynamic, radical changes in his life. Those changes are driven by a strong desire to rise above the dull, average life that he leads; and yet he is not at all sure of himself nor is he confident he can attain the money and prestige he desires through his own talent and devices. While on his search, Lampton finds himself on a downward path of moral decay while at the same time he is trying to assert himself ambitiously as a social climber. Lampton uses women to achieve his goals, and he is very impressed with the social class that is several rungs above him on the ladder of British society."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Braine, John. (1957). Room at the Top. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Marwick, Arthur. (1982). British Society Since 1945. London: Penguin Books.
Cite this Book Review:
"Room at the Top" and Post World War II Britain (2010, December 08) Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/room-at-the-top-and-post-world-war-ii-britain-145949/
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