What is meant by 'the function of the heroine in the face of adversity?'. This is part of a study of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View, and I understand how Lucy Honeychurch overcomes adversity;...

What is meant by 'the function of the heroine in the face of adversity?'. This is part of a study of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View, and I understand how Lucy Honeychurch overcomes adversity; however in general terms I don't really understand the overall question. 

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