Does it symbolize different things for different characters, and if so, what does it symbolize? Introduction. Body paragraphs. Summary. 12 point type. Times New Roman with one inch margins. No outside sources for this paper. Use quotes and in-text citations after each quote. Howards End is E.M. Forster’s symbolic exploration of the social, economic, and philosophical forces at work in England during the early years of the twentieth century. Written in 1910, the novel offers an extraordinarily insightful look at the life of England in the years preceding World War I.