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How does Forster represent separation in his novel A Passage to India?I would like to...

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madhumati | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2009 at 9:17 PM via web

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How does Forster represent separation in his novel A Passage to India?

I would like to know about the real meaning of separation in reference to A Passage to India.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 5, 2009 at 9:49 PM (Answer #1)

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Separation is a powerful theme in Forster's work.  The reality is that Forster creates a vision of colonialism that is, by definition, one of separation.  The British who settled in India were separated from their own homeland.  The Indians who were forced to live under British rule felt separated from their own notion of personal identity, as they were Anglicized in many ways.  On a personal level between characters, separation is present between Adela and Ronny, as well as between Mrs. Moore and almost everyone else.  Aziz feels that level of separation between first his own sense of self and his culture, and then, as the work progresses, with  Fielding.  There is a natural separation element present given the fact that India is so far removed from much of the British world, and this only goes to enhance the idea of what it means to be estranged from culture, land, loves, and self.

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