Howard's End Social Sensitivity

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Howards End is set in the Edwardian Era, so named after King Edward VII of England. Although his reign spanned only nine years, from 1901-1910, many historians extend the period to the start of the First World War in 1914, because of the influence of the King's personality on the attitude of the day; his hedonism characterized the era. He loved ceremonial and state occasions and enjoyed extravagant entertaining; in fact, one of his first undertakings as king was to redecorate the Royal Palaces.

An avid sportsman, King Edward particularly enjoyed horse racing, hunting, and "motoring." Motoring, essentially viewed as a sport in the early years of Edward's reign, quickly became an indispensable part of everyday life. In Howards End, the Wilcoxes rely quite heavily on their motor.

The king surrounded himself with wealthy people, befriending those who had made their fortunes in new ventures like the railway and...

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