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Stylistic Analysis of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View

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Stylistic Analysis E. M. Forster "A Room with a View" "A Room with a View" is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. The story opens in Florence, Italy, when two English women, Lucy Honeychurch and her cousin Charlotte Bartlett, arrive at a hotel full of other English tourists. They are displeased with their rooms, which don't have a pleasant view from their windows. So, two other guests of the pension, Mr. Emerson and his son George, offer to switch rooms with them. Miss Bartlett is horrified by the offer, and refuses to accept; she begins to ignore the Emersons, but eventually the women take the Emersons' offer, only after a visiting pastor, Mr. ...read more.


There was something childish in those eyes, though it was not the childishness of senility". - Mr. Emerson description) and indirect ways - through dialogues, inner thoughts of the characters, their monologues and author's remarks. Thus, for example, describing Miss Bartlett, Foster points out her very reserved, formal, very distantly polite speech (e.g. "Thank you very much indeed; that is out of the question"; "...naturally, of course, I should have given it to you, but I happen to know that it belongs to the young man, and I was sure your mother would not like it"). While conveying Lucy's feelings towards her cousin, Forster resorts to inner monologue of the character ("Charlotte's energy! And her unselfishness! She had been thus all her life, but really, on this Italian tour, she was surpassing herself."). ...read more.


The style Forster employs in "A Room with a View" is certainly worth mentioning: it's unpretentious, almost conversational, good humored and rather funny. We can trace the author's intelligent social satire alongside with gorgeous descriptions and thought-provoking conversations. Moreover, the author brilliantly uses metaphor in his story, which is actually the basis of it. Lucy's longing for a room with a view is a metaphor for her longing to be connected with a new country, new experiences, and a new life. Actually, the metaphor of the room with a view can be applied to life in general: our lives are like hotel rooms - pleasant or unpleasant, large or small, looking out to a boring and predictable world or to an exciting and constantly changing landscape. Thus, Forster creates a romantic comedy story, perfectly combining his witty humour with lyrical beauty, and the deep insight into the feelings of his characters with clever social criticism. ...read more.

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