A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Discuss the theme of friendship in A Passage to India

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Friendship is a central theme of the novel. Forster uses it to highlight the problems caused by society and in particular, society in a colonised country. The three major friendships of the novel all involve the main Indian character, Aziz. He attempts to forge connections with the English trio of Mrs Moore, Adela, and Fielding. In each case, even if the friendship begins promisingly, it is soon beset by difficulties which are never wholly surmounted.

To look first at Aziz and Fielding, they seem to get on very well indeed for a time, but sadly their mutual friendship and respect is damaged by Aziz’s trial. Aziz comes to harbour a general hatred of the English as a result, or at least he tries to, and to this end readily believes the worst of even Fielding.

Even though the two men are reconciled by the end, they never quite regain the same esteem for each other as before. Aziz now really wants to have nothing to do with the English, while Fielding too has...

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