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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

by E.M. Forster

A Room with a View Analysis

Literary Devices in A Room with a View

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

All of the stodgy British tourists in the Pension Bertolini are in Florence to soak up the city’s famous aura of art and culture. The art references start here and continue through the rest o...

Setting

These two settings may not be too far apart geographically (hey, Europe is tiny!), but they are worlds apart in terms of spirit. Forster’s Italy is a place where anything is possible. After a...

Narrator Point of View

The narrator of A Room with a View is most certainly omniscient, and manages to simultaneously be intimate with many of the characters, but still remain objective and outside of the action. Though...

Genre

It doesn’t take a genius to put together the first two genres listed above and come up with “Romantic Comedy.” Sure, this isn’t exactly When Harry Met Sally, but it’s...

Tone

Forster is a real master of deadpan wit. He’s often laugh-out-loud funny, but never in a tasteless or over the top way; often, his humor has the appearance of deadly seriousness, which makes...

Writing Style

The style Forster employs in A Room with a View is unforgettable – it’s unpretentious, almost conversational, good humored, and funny. At the same time, though, it manages to throw in m...

What’s Up With the Title?

At the beginning of the novel, our heroine is distraught by a particularly bad hotel room in Florence. Lucy Honeychurch longs for a room with a view of the Arno River, but instead, her room looks i...

What’s Up With the Ending?

Well, it turns out Lucy finds her room with a view after all, both literally and figuratively – by marrying George, she also takes on a new view of the world, the unconventional one advocated...

Plot Analysis

Charlotte and Lucy arrive in Italy – the stage ends when George and Lucy witness a murder (Chapter Four).Lucy arrives in Italy, fresh-faced and inexperienced, and if she has hidden depths, we...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Comedy

This stage ends with George and Lucy’s first kiss (end of Chapter Six)Lucy Honeychurch lives in a world in which actions are more often than not dictated by politeness and social cues, rather...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I starts at the very beginning (a very good place to start) and ends when Lucy witnesses the murder – it changes her perspective on life, the universe, and everything, permanently. Lucy&#...

Trivia

The title A Room with a View inspired an episode of the little-watched Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim, elegantly entitled “A Room with a Moose.” (Source)

Steaminess Rating

In Chapter Three of this book, coyly entitled “Music, Violets, and the Letter ‘S,’” the mysterious letter stands for a naughty word that is absolutely unutterable in the soc...

Allusions

Baedeker’s Handbook to Northern Italy (first in 1.37, it continues to play an important role throughout the novel)John Ruskin (2.23)Niccolò Machiavelli (2.23)A.E. Housman, A Shropshire L...
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