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English Literature Assessment Lucy Honeychurch and Stevens are two characters who represent the emotional repression of English society. Basing your answer on A Room With A View by E.M Forster and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ish

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English Literature Assessment - "Lucy Honeychurch and Stevens are two characters who represent the emotional repression of English society." Basing your answer on A Room With A View by E.M Forster and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Both authors use a number of techniques to portray the theme of emotional repression consistently throughout their books. This is established instantly in both opening chapters and the representation of the suppressive characters his kept constantly flowing throughout the novels. E.M. Forster's character of Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View develops from a submissive, innocent young girl, to an independent, passionate woman. Through Lucy Honeychurch and the Emerson's, Forster endorses his own personal views and values. Kazuo Ishiguro's Stevens, the protagonist and narrator of The Remains of the Day, also progresses emotionally throughout the book. Although perhaps not as drastically as Lucy Honeychurch, which makes the novel more realistic and alas easier to relate to. Edwardian England was an era of severe social boundaries especially within the upper classes. It was almost unacceptable to participate in friendly conversation or "banter" with another individual they did not been yet acquainted with. It was known to be considerably rude if a stranger joins in uninvited to a private conversation. Therefore during the first chapter of Room With A View, when Mr Emerson interrupts Lucy and Miss Bartlett's "peevish wrangling" and declares "I have a view, I have a view." ...read more.


His state of heavy thought in his dialogue implies that he is holding back and ensuring he does not reveal too much of his real and personal thoughts and emotions. It becomes apparent that he is an unreliable narrator; therefore we need to be cautious when reading the novel as we is strictly limited to knowing only what Stevens wishes to disclose, and spot the symbolism that Ishiguro creates. We can see through Stevens's emotionless obscure language, and that there are informative signs that he is in love with Miss Kenton, and is very much looking forward to seeing her again. The fact that Stevens used to look through books to get a trace as to Miss Kenton's new home is reveals to us that she is always in his mind, even though she has left due to what he would usually consider to be very dishonourable reasons. He seems to stress the fact that the reason he is undertaking the trip across England to see Miss Kenton is purely for "professional matters" and instantly has connotations with the Shakespearean phrase "thou doth protest too much". The social aspects of Remains Of The day is equally as important as it is in Room With A View, Forster's character of Lucy Honeychurch is greatly affected by her culture and peers of her Edwardian time. ...read more.


Furthermore, Lucy and George now have a room with a view of a river. This represents the fact that they have both evolved into acquring "views" of their own. The English landscape that Stevens in Remains Of The Day admires at the beginning of his trip is an important sign, as Stevens relates the same values of "greatness" to the landscape as he does to himself. He feels that English landscape is beautiful due to its restraint, and serenity. This relates to his ruthless pursuit of "dignity" in which leads him to constantly deny his own feelings and put on a mask of professional composure at all times. Although by the end of the novel, Stevens is no longer certain about these values and is more open- minded to individuality, and love. To echo Lucy's state of mind in Room With A View Forster makes much use of art and imagery. Through Italian art and buildings, Forster presents Lucy's sexual arousing and her subdued desires. He utilizes music to express Lucy's subconscious emotions throughout the novel. Her playing is an indication that she has untapped reserves of passion; Mr. Beebe remarks that "one day Lucy will live as well as she plays" Ishiguro also presents Stevens's repression in Remains of the day through use of imagery, this can be seen when Miss Kenton tries to take the romantic book off him. This also has erotic imagery. Sam Whyte. ...read more.

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