A Room with a View. An Introduction to the novel . What is the novel about?. It is a novel of initiation and discovery A bildungsroman that traces the progress of its protagonist (Lucy) to ‘enlightenment’.
An Introduction to the novel
A social comedy of morals and manners (Jane Austen)
Class and cultural snobbery, art as a commodity for the elite, locals to be despised or romanticised
Eg What is implied by the names “Honeychurch” or “Vyse” for example?
A Gothic statue implies celibacy, whereas a Greek statue implies fruition. Vyse is pedantic, selfish, a product of the aridity of the intellectual world insulated from genuine feeling.
On the other hand, George is a catalysts to Lucy's spiritual transformation. Yet when she first meets George she treats him as a threat
We are presented with 2 groups of people: the people who ‘do’ and the people who do not ‘do’.
The word ‘do’ represents membership in the group => suggest the existence of common values and prejudices among the English people of the middle class.
Membership is restricted and controlled by peer assessment. Within members there are differences too eg Mr Beebe; Women are more ‘sensitive’ than men to the nuances of delicacy.