A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Discuss Miss Quested's accusation of rape against Dr. Aziz in A Passage to India.

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Miss Quested's accusation of rape is one of the most critical elements of Forster's novel.  On one level, I think that the most literal understanding of the novel could center on the rape accusation as being critically important to the novel.  On another level, the rape accusation can be seen as fitting the larger context of the novel's statement about cultural relationships between the Indians and the British.  The ambiguity surrounding exactly happened in the caves between Aziz and Miss Quested helps to bring out the very insecurity and doubt that lies at the heart of British imperialism.  With the collision of value and perception systems so brazenly evident in such a...

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