Howards End Analysis

Places Discussed (Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)

Howards End

Howards End. Modest farmhouse near Hilton owned by Mrs. Wilcox, an hour by train north of London, England. E. M. Forster based the house on his boyhood home, called Rooksnest, in Hertfordshire. Both Rooksnest and Howards End are just outside the suburban ring of 1910 London. Although it takes Aunt Juley an hour to get to Hilton by train, following the Great North Road, this is still a journey too far for Paul Wilcox to commute to the city daily for work. As he says, it is somewhere between country and town.

The house is heavily symbolic. To Ruth Wilcox, “it had been a spirit, for which she sought a spiritual heir.” On her deathbed Mrs. Wilcox tries to leave Howards End to Margaret Schlegel. Both Howards End and Mrs. Wilcox are tied to the past of working farmers with owners and laborers living side by side, not of manor houses, domestic servants, and vast estates. The house and grounds stand for England itself and embody the native mythology of the countryside. Modern England is seen to be encroaching on this land: The Wilcox children and their father are ill-suited to it, and they all end the novel inside while Helen and her son are out in the fields. Meanwhile, the “red rust” of the city is moving nearer.

*London

*London. Capital of Great Britain and city in which the Schlegel family has a house. The Schlegel’s Wickham Place address is a middle-class row house in the fashionable southwest section of the city. The house is to be...

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Howards End Historical Context

The Influence of King Edward VII
The Edwardian Era is so named after King Edward VII of England. Although King Edward's reign...

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Howards End Setting

The various locales represented in Howards End are related to the theme of inheritance and speculation regarding which of England's...

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Howards End Literary Style

Setting
The various locales represented in Howards End are related to the theme of inheritance and which of England's...

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Howards End Literary Qualities

Howards End is a highly symbolic novel; many critics have described it as parable with archetypal or mythic characters. The Wilcoxes...

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Howards End Social Sensitivity

Howards End is set in the Edwardian Era, so named after King Edward VII of England. Although his reign spanned only nine years, from...

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Howards End Compare and Contrast

1910: The British Empire includes India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, parts of Africa and Indonesia, and many islands...

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Howards End Topics for Discussion

1. What were the forces that led to WWI, and what was Britain's involvement?

2. Analyze the history of the class structure in...

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Howards End Ideas for Reports and Papers

1. Research the career of the famous German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, focusing especially on his composition of the Fifth Symphony....

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Howards End Topics for Further Study

Research the career of the famous German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, focusing especially on his composition of the Fifth Symphony.

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Howards End Related Titles / Adaptations

In Forster's first novel, Where Angels Fear To Tread, (1905) he contrasts the vibrant, free life of Italians with the artificial,...

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Howards End Media Adaptations

Howards End was adapted for the stage by Lance Sieveking and Richard Cottrell and was produced in London in 1967.

The BBC...

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Howards End What Do I Read Next?

In Bloomsbury Recalled (1996), Quentin Bell, son of Give and Vanessa Bell, offers one of the most recent memoirs recounting the...

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Howards End For Further Reference

Bradbury, Malcolm. "E.M. Forster as Victorian and Modern: Howards End and A Passage to India." In Possibilities. London:...

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Howards End Bibliography and Further Reading

Sources
Born, Daniel, "Private Gardens, Public Swamps: Howards End and the Revaluation of Liberal Guilt," Novel: A...

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Howards End Bibliography (Great Characters in Literature)

Duckworth, Alistair M. “Howards End”: E. M. Forster’s House of Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1992. Excellent overview of the novel’s literary and historical contexts. Chapter analyzing the problems of narrative voice and authorial intrusion.

Furbank, P. N. E. M. Forster: A Life. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Definitive biography: detailed and well written; copiously illustrated. Demonstrates how Forster incorporated into Howards End, through the characters of Margaret Schlegel and Leonard Bast, his concerns about culture and society.

Godfrey, Denis. E. M. Forster’s Other...

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