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The development of Lucy Honeychurch in a Room With a View

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The Development of Lucy Honeychurch in A room with a view Miss Lucy Honeychurch is a na�ve, young woman who has led a sheltered life so far. A life made stiff and rigid by the rules and virtues laid down by the Victorian society she is living in. In her trip to Italy Lucy is accompanied by her cousin and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett whose expenses have been paid by Mrs. Honeychurch. She therefore feels highly obliged to watch Lucy as best as she can and not let her commit anything that is not "ladylike". Lucy has always been taught that men and women have strict roles in society that men should be chivalrous and women can be strong as long as they remain "ladylike". Confused by the novelty of Italy and presence of Emersons, Lucy sometimes feels rebellious to these ideas and her impulses alternately guide and confuse her. After she faints at the sight of a murder in Florence, she is supported and carried by George. ...read more.


The conscious kiss between her and Cecil makes her utter the Emersons' name which she had kept a secret. This is perhaps suggestive of the profundity of the feeling she went through when kissed by George. Lucy's music is a window into her mood and the workings of her soul. Her music uplifts her and takes her into a world of beauty separate from a society dominated by men in which she should find her place. The music she plays is always expressive of her mood and thoughts at the particular moment. In Italy, with the vitality and novelty she experiences, Beethoven sounds the right tune to play. But at Vyses in England, her mood does not allow her to play her beloved Beethoven in the artificial surroundings; hence she chooses to play Schumann. The protection of Lucy by her family and Cecil expresses the human limitations. Just in the same manner that Miss Honeychurch protects her carpet from the sunlight, Lucy is denied the freedom to be herself. ...read more.


But her subconscious guilt about loving George shows through in her fierce, uncalled-for assertion that there is no one else in her life. She, therefore, resolves not to marry at all which suppresses a real part of her: her love for George. Her denial of this basic truth about herself leads her to plunge herself into the darkness and a life of falsity. Mr. Emerson who has always acted as a father figure for Lucy, comes to her rescue the very last time when she resolves to leave for Greece. He teaches her how she is creating muddles for herself by denying her instincts for true love and passion. He also guides her to claim the man she truly loves because by so doing she will be saving not only herself but also George from sinking into the abyss. By listening to her true desires, Lucy owns the glorified life that had been awaiting her; a life that her mentors (Charlotte and Cecil) would otherwise deny her. Had she not followed her instincts, she would be living the life of a second Miss Bartlett and regretted the rest of her life. ...read more.

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