Critically examine the Fielding-Aziz relationship in A Passage to India.
Fielding is an outsider among the other British in India. He doesn't view the Indians as an inferior race, just different. He really believes that people of different cultures and beliefs can bridge the gap of understanding "by the help of good will plus culture and intelligence." He values friendship above any differences that people may have, and he tries to prove this with Dr. Aziz. He's the only British person who believes in the innocence of Aziz and doesn't hesitate to...
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E.M. Forster's A Passage to India is essentially a psychological novel that centres round more or less the Aziz-Fielding relationship. The relationship, though frank and hearty at the initial stage, proved to be very much complex later, since the temperaments of the two are basically different. Seemingly Fielding, as portrayed in the novel, is a believer in universalism having a craving for friendship with human in general whether Aziz is a staunch disciple of Islam. Moreover he rears the strongest form of nationalism in him that prevents the growth of universalism even to some extent. Fielding representing the ruler class to Dr. Aziz who has to sufer insult and harassment repeatedly in spite of his efficiency as a doctor and a well-mannered person cannot be expected to get the warmth of friendship for long. It is also because Aziz believes that a long-lasting friendship can be possible only if the two are equal racially, socially and temperamentally.
Gradually their friendship collapses with the strong blows of a sequence of events that widens the gap between the two cultures. This is the common lot of the two cultures where there is one nation colonised by the other.