A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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

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The Marabar Caves are one of the central locations in E. M. Forster's A Passage to India. Indeed, the second section of the novel, "The Caves," is named in reference to them. In this section, Dr. Aziz, a Muslim Indian Man, invites a party of British colonizers he is attempting to befriend on a tour through the caves, which are described as labyrinthine and extremely echo-y. Among the party is Miss Adela Quested, who, when Aziz briefly leaves her alone, falls down a hill. Later she accuses Aziz of attacking/sexually assaulting her (euphemistically referred to as an "insult" by the...

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