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"By far the most valuable things, which we know or can imagine, are certain states of consciousness, which can be roughly described as the pleasures of human intercourse and the engagement of beautiful objects" G.E Moore How does Forster express the Bloomsbury Group values in Howards End? Forster represents 'the pleasures of human intercourse and the engagement on beautiful objects' firstly in the epigraph to Howards End, 'Only Connect.' This presents the interactions between humans emotionally and physically. This concept is shown through the connection between Mrs Wilcox and Margaret Schlegel. The connection is seen when Mrs Wilcox invites Margaret to 'Come down' to Howards End with her, which Margaret replied 'might I come some other day?' Margaret's reply seemed to annoy Mrs Wilcox. She is spiritually attached to her home and felt Margaret would understand the connection between the beautiful house and herself. However Margaret had thought on the conversation and eventually realised the connection. "Another day" will do for brick and mortar, but not for the Holy of Holies into which Howards End had been transfigured. (Chapter 10) The connection between the Mrs Wilcox and Margaret here begins, as they both seem to mutually understand each other and concludes in the final chapter with Margaret assuming Mrs Wilcox's attitudes and ownership of Howards End. ...read more.


Margaret uses culture for her conversations which is where Mrs Wilcox and Margaret first could not connect. The conclusion must be drawn that Forster portrays culture through the interests of the Schlegels; Literature and music. Each member of the Schlegal family views culture differently, i.e. Tibby treats music literally, 'music as music' but alternatively Helen interprets music with goblins and creatures that come to life. Each individual has got their own interpretation of music and this is how Forster perceives society. Society has their view and the Bloomsbury Group has different views. Some might say that there is a lack of understanding culture. I believe that there may have been some lack of understanding between the Bloomsbury Group and society because the values and beliefs of the Bloomsbury group were different and a new way of thinking which society had not yet accepted. In my opinion I believed that individuals were meant to be unique otherwise we would all be identical. I feel Forster was trying to express that individuality was acceptable and that people should not be judged for this. Another value of the Bloomsbury Group is the fact that their sexuality, be it homosexual or bisexual caused controversy in society as it was felt that the Bloomsbury Group were outrageous. ...read more.


This reminds me of the Antony in 'Antony and Cleopatra' as Antony loses a battle against Caesar and no one in Rome remembers any of the battles he has won, in their eyes Antony is a failure. If the public know of the faults in the characters flaws then they will feel they have failed. Society would disapprove of Mr Wilcox's affair as well as Helen's illegitimate child. Helen like Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, members of the Bloomsbury Group are free spirited. Helen is an independent woman and at the time of the novel being written woman were supposed to just support men, they should not speak out of turn. Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell are both strong independent woman which is another reason why the Bloomsbury Group were judged because of their position was higher than it should have been. E.M Forster was a member of the Bloomsbury group and was thought to be homosexual. Therefore I feel Forster is writing from the experience his friends and he felt for being discriminated against for experimenting and seeing things differently. Through these values presented in the novel through social gatherings, marriage and personal relationships it becomes clear to the reader just how Forster and other members may have been treated and how cruel and unfair society was. Kelly Charter ...read more.

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