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Howards End

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What is Margaret like as a character? How does she differ from Helen? Is it fair to say that Margaret is the conscience of Howards End?

Though Helen declares herself a suffragist in the first part of the book, Forster's exploration of gender politics in Edwardian England does not really take off until the second half of the novel, after Margaret marries Henry. What does their marriage say about the relations between men and women in general? What kind of critique does Forster offer: moral, social, or simply literary?

Discuss the conflict between the "seen" and the "unseen" as it plays out throughout the novel in different characters' thoughts. What ways does the novel suggest might be used to connect the seen to the unseen? What is the role of money in that process? What is the role of death?

How does Margaret's philosophy of "Only connect" conflict with Henry's adage, "Concentrate"? Is it fair to say that this conflict is the main conflict of the novel? Which idea prevails over the course of the novel?