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A Passage to India

What is the message of A Passage to India? How does it relate to imperialism and the “white man’s burden” ideology?

The message of A Passage to India is that the British imperialistic approach is not a recipe for long-term success. Forster sees "white man's burden" ideology as a part of the British approach to...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015 12:43 am UTC

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Forster tries to shift the theme of the novel from history to philosophy. Do you agree? Give a reasoned answer.  

E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India is historical in that it depicts conditions that existed in a particular period of time and in a particular place. It is also, of course, a novel. As with most...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019 10:15 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the ending of A Passage to India? Why does Dr. Aziz reject Henry Fielding’s offer of...

The meaning of the novel's ending is that friendship between Aziz and Fielding is not possible at this time in Indian history. The opening of the last chapter features Aziz and Fielding believing...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015 12:16 am UTC

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Discuss the theme of friendship in A Passage to India. 

A principal focus of A Passage to India is the relationship between colonialism, race, and friendship. The nature of Dr. Aziz's association with both Fielding and Miss Quested is central to the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 2:40 am UTC

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Discuss the importance of the title A Passage to India.

In Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman writes, Passage to India!Lo, soul! seest thou not God's purpose from the first?The earth to be spann'd, connected by net-work,The people to become brothers and...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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Discuss the character of Aziz in A Passage to India.

The main character in Forster's novel, Dr. Aziz is pleasant man, typically eager to please others. Unfortunately, he often acts hastily, without thinking through his actions carefully, and the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011 1:11 am UTC

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Forster's Philosophy of Life in A Passage to India In A Passage to India Forster seems to have lost his faith in...

The implicit question in the text seems to be concerned with the relationship between E. M. Forster's philosophy of life and how it is expressed through the character of Cecil Fielding. Forster's...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 7:05 pm UTC

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Similarities and differences between Heart of Darkness and A Passage to India in their involvement with the theme of...

In terms of their involvement with the theme of empire, Heart of Darkness and A Passage to India both emphasize the harmful effects of imperial rule. Other similarities between the novels are their...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2020 5:05 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2008 10:31 am UTC

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Why is the novel divided into three parts: mosque, caves and temple? What is the novel describing?

The novel is divided into three parts because each section focuses on a particular group of people, their characters and season. The titles in each section reflect the events to arise in that...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2015 3:55 pm UTC

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Is friendship between the Indian & the British possible according to E.M Forter's A Passage to India?

Forster repeatedly advised in his writings to "only connect" as the antidote to animosity and enmity, but colonialism showed him otherwise. And he learned that the hard...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2007 11:19 pm UTC

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How is the theme of separation represented in A Passage to India?

There are several ways to read the theme of separation in Forster's work. In my mind, the most evident theme of separation is that of cultural distance between the Indians and the British. Due to...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009 1:11 am UTC

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Discuss Forster's portrayal of Indian society in A Passage to India. 

Much of the focus of the novel is on the educated Muslim class, as represented by Aziz and his closest social circle. However, overall the novel provides quite a comprehensive picture of Indian...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2013 8:15 pm UTC

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What is one instance of symbolism in A Passage to India?

In A Passage to India the Marabar caves symbolize the forces of nature and the power they exert upon the soul. There is something at once terrifying and sublime about these ancient rock formations,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 6:57 am UTC

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Discuss the portrayal of colonisation in A Passage to India.  

The main aim of the book is to show what a damaging effect colonisation has on both coloniser and colonised. The English appear generally cold and unbending towards the Indians, and behave with...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2013 5:37 pm UTC

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Discuss the role played by Mrs Moore in A Passage to India.

Mrs Moore acts as a bridge between East and West without even knowing it. While other characters make judgements and divisions according to race, colour, and creed, Mrs Moore looks to make simple...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2013 6:08 pm UTC

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Why are the Marabar Caves so important in Forster's A Passage to India?

The Marabar Caves are of crucial importance to the story told in A Passage to India because it is through an invitation to the caves that Aziz attempts to make friends with a group of English...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 11:32 am UTC

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What is the significance of hot weather in A Passage to India ?

The narrative of the novel unfolds according to the different seasons and their corresponding weather conditions. The first section of the novel, "Mosque", is dominated by cool weather and its...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2012 10:10 am UTC

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Comment on the trial scene as a reflection of social identity in A Passage to India.

The limited size of the British community and the concentration of British men in positions of authority is the primary factor influencing the dispensing of "justice" through the courts. The...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2019 1:32 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 8:47 pm UTC

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What is the role of nature in "A Passage to India"?  

Nature in A Passage to India is used in building atmosphere and in symbolism. Forster refers to nature continuously throughout the novel, and often to build the atmosphere of a location or event....

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 9:42 pm UTC

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Why can't the Indians and the British be friends?

The British are the conquerors and the Indians are the subjugated culture in the society that Forster explores in A Passage to India. The British rule in India is based on racist ideology: the...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 11:44 am UTC

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What are the themes, climax, and setting in "Passage to India"?  

Naturally, the setting of the work is India. However, this brings with it some interesting dynamics as to what defines India. The world in which the British live, such as Rony, the Turtons, and...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2009 12:47 am UTC

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In A Passage to India, how does the trial characterize the relationship between the two nations?

The trial displays the clash of cultures that underscores the British presence in India. Leading into the trial, there had been a clear division of cultures between India and the British. This...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2015 6:27 am UTC

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How does E.M. Forster represent racial conflict in A passage to India'? Give some top articles.

This novel of Forster's is widely regarded to be his best, analysing the nature of the relationship between the British colonisers and the Indian people during the time of the British Raj, and also...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2009 8:30 am UTC

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Explain the symbol of the wasp in, "A Passage to India".

Wasps can also be said to symbolize the fundamental unity of being, a core component of Hindu teaching. Hindus believe that all living things, including wasps and human beings, are all ultimately...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2018 6:32 am UTC

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Assess A Passage to India as a postcolonial novel.

Forster's 1924 A Passage to India provides an interesting study in postcolonial discourse. On the one hand, it is written by an Englishman and often represents the point-of-view of the British...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 11:21 pm UTC

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Discuss A Passage to India as a modern novel.

A Passage to India is often pigeon-holed as a modern novel because it was written in the early twentieth century by a member of the Bloomsbury Group. However, the novel does not make significant...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2020 1:45 pm UTC

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E. M. Forster said of A Passage to India: “In writing it, however, my main purpose was not political, was not even...

When A Passage to India was published in 1924, many readers thought it was a political novel. This was largely due to the author's portrayal of the tensions in India caused by British colonialism....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 10:24 am UTC

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Analyze the significance of the names for the three sections of A Passage to India.

In many ways, I think that Forster might be suggesting that there is division present in parts one and three. This helps to bring out the idea that India is going to be a divided land internally...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 9:50 am UTC

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A Passage to India examines racial misunderstanding. Elaborate.

This great book clearly comments on the massive gulf separating the English from the Indians, and the way that even those who try to bridge that gulf find it impossible, such as Fielding in his...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 7:22 am UTC

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What is the relationship between Ronny and Adela in "A Passage to India"?

Ronny is the son of Mrs. Moore, the elderly Englishwoman who comes to India with Adela, the girl whom Ronny is supposed to marry. Ronny and Adela met in England, but Ronny, who is the City...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2008 1:11 am UTC

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What is the presentation of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity in A Passage to India.

Forster presents all followers of religion as capable of being more inclusive in A Passage to India. Forster shows that the people who practiced the dominant religions in India focused on...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2015 11:18 pm UTC

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Why does the relationship between Fielding and Aziz break down? How successful is their renewed friendship? ?

There might be several explanations to this particular question. Forster makes it deliberately vague, to allow a great deal of rumination on this point. The ending brings to light that the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010 8:30 pm UTC

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What are the main reasons why A Passage to India is a novel about cultural differences?

A Passage to India is rife with cultural differences, which occur within the Indian community between the Muslims and the Hindus and, even more markedly, between both Muslims and Hindus and the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020 3:09 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the echo that Adela hears in the days leading up to the trial?

The echo can turn out to mean a couple of things. On one hand, Adela feels that the echo refers to the idea of how the notion of evil is close at hand. Towards some extent, she has unleashed a...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 10:02 am UTC

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What causes Adela’s breakdown? Why does she accuse Aziz? What qualities enable her to admit the truth at the trial?

in the first part of the novel, Adela develops feelings of confusion because of traveling to India, settling into a new culture, and having issues with her fiancé. The trip by ship to India was...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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Analyze and consider the extent to which the passage given is “modernist” in its style or whether Forster uses other...

The passage can be understood as “modernist” if we consider how Forster reveals the different points of view of his characters. This has less to do with the dialog of the passage, which is rendered...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2018 11:43 am UTC

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In the novel, A Passage to India, describe the Anglo- Indian relationship with reference of Aziz and Fielding.

If there is any hope for Anglo- Indian relationships, it is brought out through the relationship between Aziz and Fielding. It is the only association which, for the most part, transcends the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 8:38 pm UTC

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In A Passage to India, was Adela Quested right in her accusation of Dr. Aziz?

Given Adela's actions during the trial, she was not right in her accusation of Dr. Aziz. The reality is that once she changes her testimony and recants, Adela stops the machinery that she herself...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2015 6:46 am UTC

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Which three parts of A Passage to India serve to create an aesthetic unity?

The tripartite structure of the novel mirrors the rising/falling pattern of events. Initially, in the first section—"Mosque"—everything seems benign. Although there are enormous cultural...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019 6:15 am UTC

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Give me the full meaning of separation according to Forster in his "A passage to India" and the different kind of...

The element of separation takes on different forms in Forster's work. There is the separation of Indians from the British in terms of treatment and opportunity. At the same time, there is a theme...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

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A Passage To India is "an interpretation of India, traditionally a land of mysteries and muddles, and an...

I think that the commentary on this statement about Forster's work will be a complex one. On one level, I think that there is something about the statement that is absolutely valid. Forster...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 1:13 pm UTC

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Forster’s A Passage to India begins and ends with a question – can the English and the Indian races be friends? How...

Forster's answer is that friendship between individual Indians and English people is possible, at least for a time; but as a whole, the two races will not be able to forge a genuine connection...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2013 5:21 pm UTC

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To what extent can we consider the incident of the cave a turning point in relation between the British and the...

The incident at the Marabar Caves proved to be a significant turning point in the relationship between the Indians and the British in A Passage to India. There had been existing tension between the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 1:43 pm UTC

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Discuss the portrayal of the Indians and Anglo-Indians in A Passage to India.

The massive clash of cultures that lies at the heart of this excellent novel is shown through the Anglo-Indians and the Indians that are presented to us in the novel. The Anglo-Indians seem to...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 5:47 am UTC

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What are some specific examples in the book of moral ambiguity  in A Passage to India?

One instance of moral ambiguity concerns the Caves and the events that happened in them. Forster gives little in way of clarity as to what happened in the Caves between Azis and Quested. Due to...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 6:58 pm UTC

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What's the plot summary of A Passage to India?

This is a novel concerning British colonialism in India. It is the story of strained relationships and culture clashes. You can read the plot summary right nere on eNotes. There are also several...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010 11:32 am UTC

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Why do you think Forster shifts the theme of the novel from history to philosophy in A Passage to India?

Primarily, A Passage to India is not a historical novel because the action takes place roughly at the time the novel was published (1924). While E. M. Forster does concern himself with the current...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2011 3:18 pm UTC

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