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Where Angels Fear to Tread, by E.M. Forster Essay

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"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread," is a expression is commonly used to emphasize how ignorance can lead to decisions that result in adverse situations. Likewise, in Where Angels Fear to Tread, Edward Morgan Forster uses irony, point of view, and satire to efficiently highlight the stereotypes, prejudices, misunderstanding of ethnic differences, along with hypocrisy could result in unfavorable conditions. Where Angels Fear to Tread starts as a light and comedic novel but later develops to be dense and awful. The novel starts off in a railway station in England where a widow named Lilia Herriton attempts to leave on a trip to the literary Italian town of Monteriano. Her mother-in-law, Mrs. Herriton, along with her two young children, Phillip and Harriet, are sending her on the trip in the hopes of separating her out of her suitors. Lilia is accompanied by a family friend, Caroline Abbott, who the Herritons hope would watch over her. A month passes by and the Herritons receive a letter that informs them that Lilia is engaged in an Italian man, Signor Gino Carella. Enraged, Mrs. Herriton sends her son Phillip to break up the engagement. However, Phillip arrives too late and Lilia had already married Signor Carella. Phillip and also Ms. Abbot then return to England after failing to divide the union. Months pass by and the Herritons receive another letter which informs them that Lilia had given birth to a baby boy but had died during childbirth. Mrs. Herriton did not feel that Signor Carella was capable of being a true dad and delivered Phillip and Harriet to Italy to retrieve the infant. Ms. Abbott, believing she'd neglected Lilia the first time, united them in their trip. In Italy, Ms. Abbott and Phillip have a change of heart and...

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