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A common saying heard in todays society is dont judge a book by its cover This is the exact opposite feeling from society in the early 1900s In the early 1900s it was expected that a woman of high class marry a man of image and wealth The different ways in which a society observes an individual can cause that individual to break away from their true identity In Forsters A Room with a View personal observation causes the pressures of social convention to emerge creating a conflict in Lucys identity Throughout the novel she struggles between the two extremes of strict old-fashioned values and more modern and free-minded ones Personal observation also takes the characters to their extremes Cecil is extremely sophisticated and pretentious representing a typical high-classed Englishman while George is of a lower class and believes that he should follow his heart Lucy is caught between societys expectation of her to marry a man with money and a good image and her true desire for love Personal observation creates this struggle out of the pressures of social expectations Cecil is man who is the epitome of the pressures of society He represents all that an upper class woman should want to have yet does not have the features that a woman would truly want in a man Cecil views the world as unsophisticated and mostly filled with philistines He sees Lucy as merely another possession that makes him more of a man He refers to her as a piece of art that he would hang on the wall Although he attempts to be authoritarian he is only self-conscious about his image During this time a woman was expected to marry a man with this sort of image and lie in the shadows for the rest of her life The pressure of society was for a woman to be able to raise a well-mannered family and have a husband who provides what is
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