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Howards End

Howards End


by E.M. Forster

Analysis: Writing Style

Realistic, Writerly, Super-Forsterian (whatever that means)

Forster's style is just so characteristically…Forster. His distinctive voice is unmistakable in its directness and ambition; we can practically see him straining to get across the philosophical angst he so clearly feels at times, and he reaches out towards us with such urgency, hoping to get us to reevaluate our lives and human relationships. He does this through both direct address and sneakier ways. His depictions of character are simultaneously sympathetic and unforgiving, and the realistic, sometimes cuttingly blunt detail with which he reveals his players to us communicates both tenderness and objectivity. His style as a whole might be summed up in those two words – he's tender without measure to his characters, and, in an interesting way, to us, his readers. But at the same time, he's not afraid to show them, and us, where they've gone wrong, and to sometimes come down quite harshly on them.

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