Essay Connection in Howards End

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Connection in Howard’s End
In E.M. Forster’s novel, Howard’s End, connection is perhaps the most important theme of the story, as the words "Only connect" make up its epigraph. Connections are necessary in many cases such as family, friends, and many other acquaintances. Howard’s End deals with conflict of class distinctions and human relationships. Connecting within oneself is a very important role which we are introduced to through Mr. Henry Wilcox’s character and his development between family and friends throughout the story. His new wife, Margaret Schlegel, knows Mr. Wilcox could open up and “connect” if he only tried to focus on things other than business. She urges him to “only connect”, yet he cannot as he is so full of
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If the couple is able to put differences aside and move forward in their relationship, the duo would be able “connect” as Margaret and Forster so wish. Forester suggests that Margaret “never forgot any one for whom she had once cared; she connected, though the connection might be bitter, and she hoped that someday Henry would do the same” (Forster 220). Margaret is a genuine example of a person trying to salvage a marriage and stay connected with her husband. Without that connection, true love does not exist: a thought Margaret fears most in her marriage.
We also see connection between two sisters and the loss of that connection as they have grown apart after the news of Margaret’s engagement to Henry Wilcox. At the very beginning of the novel we are started off with letters back and forth between Margaret and her sister Helen. This connection between the two seems indestructible and strong; however, that thought is demolished once Helen receives taunting news. They stay in contact through the letters and describe their each and every day. We see their love for each other as the letters are addressed to “dearest” and “dearest, dearest” (Forster 7). Typically this compassion between the two seems strong as it does throughout most of the story; however, things take a turn for the worse when Margaret announces her engagement to the slime

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