Constructing reality. Close reading and how language constructs identity. Example 1. Where Angels Fear to Tread E.M. Forster’s first novel, written in 1905 contains the seeds of many of the issues he was to deal with in later works . Chapter 1.
Closereading and howlanguageconstructsidentity
This crisis highlights all the characters’ attitudes and abilities and the conflicts which Forster is interested in but all the issues have already been signposted in the way the characters have been described.
Here we find the issues of cross-cultural conflict, the significance of Italy for the British, religious issues, cultural and educational issues and class issues and of course the contrast and conflict between nature and emotions on the one hand and conventions and the rational on the other.
direct speech betrays her limited understanding: “I cannot understand people”...”what can they be doing all day? And there is no church there, I suppose”, where the modal verb cannot indicates she is narrow-minded and incapable ofunderstanding the other people’s behaviour.