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To what extent are the main characters in both these novels repressed and trapped by their individual social environments?

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To what extent are the main characters in both these novels repressed and trapped by their individual social environments? When comparing these texts I believe it is important to see how, firstly, the titles give us an outlook on the stories. "A Room With A View" by E.M.Forster has a positive connotation to it. The word view literally, having not only the meaning of, "the act of seeing or observing but also meaning to have an opinion or a desired end or intention", shows that the book is likely to have a positive outcome at the end. It also gives us the start of a very important theme which is to run through the whole novel, that being, the importance of having one's own opinion and moving away from the opinion of the social class to which one is in. This gives an insight into what Lucy, the protagonist, is likely to be doing. There is also the fact that the title uses the word "A" which is a determiner which gives the sense of freedom as it is unspecific. This makes us feel that it could be any view and this is only one perspective on things, but that is what is important Lucy's perspective things. ...read more.


But this is not because they do not show the love, it is because he is too professional to accept their love. In this same scene Miss Kenton tries to brighten Stevens room by bringing flowers in, "I thought these would brighten your parlour a little...it's a shame more sun doesn't get in here" he rejects this and symbolically rejects her at the same time. He does not like change, and if we see his room like his mind then we see Miss Kenton as invading his mind, which is symbolically what is happening because she is getting close to him. This he does not like and so instead reverts back to professional talk and tells her off for an unreal problem. Flowers have a connotation of life and love, so Miss Kenton is technically bring life and love in Stevens which is what he needs but he will not accept this because he is too professional. We can also get an insight in to Lucy from looking at the places she is in. When in Florence she describes Charlottes embrace like a fog "it gave Lucy the sensation of a fog" symbolically meaning that Charlotte confuses and represses her like a fog, enveloping and drowning her. ...read more.


This shows she is going to go against what she is told and she has started to think for herself and this comes very early in the novel so foreshadows what is to come. It is George who manages to help Lucy overcome her repression and see her true feelings and opinions, "He carried her to the window, so that she, too, saw all the view" (A Room with a View pg;228) symbolically opening up her mind to the world and him. Stevens's repression can sometimes be seen through the language he is using. Discourse and language contribute to Stevens' self-subjugation in The Remains of the Day. Stevens in many ways appears a representation of the colonial and postcolonial subject. "His utilization of upper class English, exemplifies one form of assimilation and acculturation, since in order to perform his job, he must acquire the language of those he serves" says critic Irene Tung. Stevens refers to "good accent and command of language" as superficial characteristics that can be separated from true dignity, which entails a constant absence of emotion. Yet his relationship with language is inextricably bound with his inability to emote. This inability has prevented him from showing Miss Kenton his true feelings of love, so in that sense his job is repressing him from articulating what he feels towards her. 1 Chantele Cross ...read more.

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