By Norma Ostrander
This novel places colonialism below the microscope and examines racism in India throughout the interval of English colonization. Forster offers us a story of an extraordinary friendship and the fragile threads that retain it alive - or enable it to crumble. This concise complement to E.M. Forster's A Passage to India is helping scholars comprehend the final constitution of the unconventional, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.
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However, one can only be converted to something that seems to him better than that which he already has. The missionaries cannot quite agree that God loves all his creation equally, and the Hindu cannot accept a religion that does less than that. ”—is the focal point of the plot of A Passage to India. Can East meet West on a plane where each not only tolerates but also appreciates the other? In a larger sense Forster asks if universal understanding is possible. ) He then proceeds to introduce characters from the major factions in India and to show their interactions.
Fielding does not defend Aziz because he is an Indian; he defends him because he is innocent. Fielding is Forster’s “top man” to demonstrate the kind of understanding that the world needs. He is dwarfed, as Forster puts it, only because he is committed to earthbound affairs. At the end of the story he is shown aligning himself with the English by marrying an English girl. This separates him from Aziz, but at the same time he establishes a direct relationship with Mrs. Moore by marrying her daughter.
Directed A funerary monument; a chapel built over a tomb. Elephant god. A Passage to India 55 Questions and Essay Topics 1. Compare the attitude toward the natives of (1) Mrs. Moore; (2) Fielding; (3) Ronny. 2. Describe some of the barriers to understanding between the British civil servant and the natives. 3. Give instances of insensitive and uncivil treatment of the Indians by the English. 4. Discuss Oriental womanhood as shown in the novel. 5. In what specific ways does Mrs. Moore make herself agreeable to Aziz?