History Literature / Maurice

8th Apr '17 9:39:35 AM Xtifr
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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's attracted to men. This is a big problem, because back then homosexuality was punished as a crime and condemned by society. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.

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Set in and written during TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's but not published until after the author's death in TheSeventies, Creator/EMForster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's attracted to men. This is a big problem, because back then homosexuality was punished as a crime and condemned by society. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.
21st Dec '16 10:55:55 PM TheBigBopper
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Maurice, upset and more certain than ever that he wants to be "[[CureYourGays cured]]", sees a family friend, Dr. Barry, who tells Maurice he's talking rubbish and closes the subject. After some time passes, Maurice tries seeing a hypnotist, who tells him there's a small chance he can be cured, but that they can try. Maurice mucks this up phenomenally shortly thereafter by having sex with the [[MrFanservice under-gamekeeper]] at Clive's estate, Alec Scudder. [[LastNameBasis Scudder]] is in fact moving to Argentina in a week, but because Maurice is infatuated, he does his best to persuade Scudder to stay in England, willing to give up his job and social status in order for them to be together. Surprisingly, it has a HappyEnding, no [[BuryYourGays deaths]] or [[{{Gayngst}} angst]], which is why though written in 1913, it was published in 1971, posthumously.

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Maurice, upset and more certain than ever that he wants to be "[[CureYourGays cured]]", sees a family friend, Dr. Barry, who tells Maurice he's talking rubbish and closes the subject. After some time passes, Maurice tries seeing a hypnotist, who tells him there's a small chance he can be cured, but that they can try. Maurice mucks this up phenomenally shortly thereafter by having sex with the [[MrFanservice under-gamekeeper]] at Clive's estate, Alec Scudder. [[LastNameBasis Scudder]] is in fact moving to Argentina in a week, but because Maurice is infatuated, he does his best to persuade Scudder to stay in England, willing to give up his job and social status in order for them to be together. Surprisingly, it has a HappyEnding, no [[BuryYourGays deaths]] defying the EnforcedTrope in literature that any gay relationship had to end in death or [[{{Gayngst}} angst]], tragedy, which is why though it was written in 1913, it was 1913 but not published in until 1971, posthumously.
a year after the author's death.
21st Dec '16 10:50:42 PM TheBigBopper
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* {{Gayngst}}: Though the ending avoids it the entire book features Maurice trying to overcome both society's and his own prejudice concerning sexuality (and class) in attempt to accept his homosexuality. It's just that territory.

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* {{Gayngst}}: Though the ending avoids it the The entire book features Maurice trying to overcome both society's and his own prejudice concerning struggling with the societal prejudices about sexuality (and class) in attempt to accept and class which he's internalized, and ends with him finally overcoming his homosexuality. It's just that territory.doubt and accepting his true nature.
21st Dec '16 10:45:10 PM TheBigBopper
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[[caption-width-right:293:Sexuality clearly not being the only issue here.]]

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[[caption-width-right:293:Sexuality clearly not being the only issue here.]]
[[labelnote:characters]]Maurice at right; Alec at left.[[/labelnote]]]]
21st Dec '16 10:43:21 PM TheBigBopper
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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's homosexual, at a time when that was literally a crime. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.

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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's homosexual, at attracted to men. This is a time when that big problem, because back then homosexuality was literally punished as a crime.crime and condemned by society. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.
21st Dec '16 10:41:17 PM TheBigBopper
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* ChastityCouple: Maurice and Clive.

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* ChastityCouple: Maurice and Clive.Clive profess their love for each other, but at Clive's insistence they don't have sex.



* CureYourGays: Maurice goes to a hypnotist to try to change. Fails spectacularly.

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* CureYourGays: Maurice goes to a hypnotist to try to change. Fails and turn himself straight, but it fails spectacularly.



* SecondLove: Maurice's relationship with Alec.

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* SecondLove: Maurice's relationship Maurice finds love with Alec.Alec after loving and being rejected by Clive.



* StraightGay: All the gay characters, excluding Risley.

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* StraightGay: All None of the gay characters, perhaps excluding Risley.Risley, are identifiable as such just by their dress or mannerisms.
21st Dec '16 10:35:58 PM TheBigBopper
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* EarnYourHappyEnding

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* EarnYourHappyEndingEarnYourHappyEnding: Maurice is hurt by Clive's rejection, spends a lot of time afterwards believing there's something wrong with him, and when he does find another man who loves him back, they almost break up because they're from different classes and afraid of what society will think. Nevertheless, their leap of faith pays off and they become lovers for life.



* HoneyTrap: Risley falls into one.
* IncompatibleOrientation: In a way, both Clive/Maurice and Clive/Anne.

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* HoneyTrap: The police arrest Risley falls into one.
for indecency using a young man who pretends to be gay to entrap him.
* IncompatibleOrientation: In a way, both Clive/Maurice and Clive/Anne. Maurice loves Clive. Clive's sexual orientation is gay, and he's willing to love Maurice platonically, but he believes that sex between two men is wrong and eventually decides to marry a woman instead.
21st Dec '16 10:21:25 PM TheBigBopper
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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's homosexual, at a time when it was literally a crime. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.

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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, except that he's homosexual, at a time when it that was literally a crime. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.
21st Dec '16 10:21:05 PM TheBigBopper
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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, and also homosexual. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.

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Set in TheEdwardianEra, E.M. Forster's ''Maurice'' is a novel about the eponymous character, who is perhaps the most [[OverlyLongGag middle-of-the-road, ordinary, unexceptional, run of the mill, average]] middle-class Englishman you can imagine, and also homosexual.except that he's homosexual, at a time when it was literally a crime. The book begins with an awkward "all you need to know about sex" talk delivered by a teacher to him as a young boy, setting the tone of heteronormativity and the psychological constraints that Maurice will spend most of the book trying to escape.
5th Feb '16 3:25:15 PM JesseMB27
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* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: In the novel, Scudder is subtly mentioned several times before Maurice actually encounters him. In the film, there is a brief scene early on that only serves to introduce him to the audience as a servant in Clive's house, and call him by name.



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