A Room With A View and Its Relevance to the Edwardian Era Essay

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The time period of the Edwardian Era in England was a period of sexual politics, mindless triviality, tensions between social security and individual freedom and wavering belief in God and religion. The Edwardian age is sometimes called the "golden age" where extravagant parties and high fashion are all everyone cares about. First impressions and formalities are so important, they matter more than freedom of speech and expression. Women have many restrictions placed upon them. Duty is more important than love. People who are unique or different are to be shunned by society. These are the rules of the early modern era in which Forster wrote his novel, A Room
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Emerson. When Lucy Honeychurch arrived at the pension she noticed that the Emersons were outside the little community of hotel guests. While Lucy was impressed by Mr. Emerson’s bluntness, it chased away all the other guests because their well mannered society could not handle such straight forwardness. Kibria 2
2. Another big part of normal society is knowing how to act accordingly under the circumstances. A young lady must always have control over emotions and maintain good composure. Mr. Emerson does not believe in tact. He has not taught his son George the formalities of social gatherings or how to be chivalrous. George does what his heart tells him. So when Lucy suddenly falls in front of him with flowers in her hair, looking beautiful, he kisses her. However, when her fiancé Cecil (a sophisticated Londoner) feels obliged to kiss her, he seeks her permission first.
3. Duties must be fulfilled before chasing after dreams, especially for women in the Edwardian era. Reputation meant everything(besides wealth). A women must always be careful to have a clean reputation. She must always put duty before love. Sacrifice her freedom of expression for a comfortable future. Lucy was faced with this decision, elope with George who was completely unsuitable for someone of her status but whom she truly loved, or marry Cecil who would wear her down with his intolerable snobbery and "superiority" but was a very suitable candidate. Mr. Emerson

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