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A Passage to India

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...

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A Passage to India

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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This novel acts as a powerful investigation into the reality behind the myth of the "white man's burden," which is the phrase that Kipling used to describe the vital need that Englishmen had to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Separation is a powerful theme in Forster's work. The reality is that Forster creates a vision of colonialism that is, by definition, one of separation. The British who settled in India were...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The incident in the mosque in chapter 2 provides a very good illustration of how Forster handles narration, point of view, and perspective. While staying in a third-person omniscient narration, the...

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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....

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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...

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Do you mean during and after the trial? Adela had good intentions when she came to India, but she is a confused and unstable woman. She is interested in Indian culture, like Mrs. Moore, but she...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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E.M. Forster's 1924 novel A Passage to India is considered one of the great novels of the 20th century. But is it problematic in an age where representation matters and we are well aware of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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One of the most remarkable aspects of Forster's A Passage to India is the way that the author uses names for the purposes of characterization. Like other great writers such as Dickens and...

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It has nothing hideous in it, and only the viewis beautiful; it shares nothing with the city except the overarching sky. In order to determine if there is symbolism in "the overarching sky," we...

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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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A Passage to India

Forster in this famous novel presents the reader with a typical view of how the British viewed the Indians that they ruled over in the colonial Raj. It is important to identify how Forster develops...

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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...

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