A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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"Culture clash" is the most important theme in A Passage to India. What are the other themes in the novel?

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In A Passage to India, E. M. Forster presents in fictional form the consequences of the racial and class imbalances of the colonial system. The gendered and sexual dimensions of the colonial hierarchy are another important theme. The relative meaning of “justice” is also a central theme: although Dr. Aziz occupies a distinguished professional position, “justice” means something entirely different for him because he is Indian rather than British.

Aziz is presented as being highly aware of the unequal treatment he receives in British colonial society. The situation in which he is alone with Adela Quested arises because of her misinformed curiosity about India as well as his desire to inform a British visitor about his country’s...

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Other major themes include friendship between English and Indians alongwith betwen Indians, Muddle,Wasp,Rythum.The Novel is symbolic. Even the first line "except for the Marabar caves......" is symbolic in Nature.

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