A Passage To India by E.M. Forster

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Forster uses the technological infrastructure motif to support his theme that people from vastly different backgrounds have difficulty forming true friendships. He contrasts the stately, structured English architecture with the chaotic, organically-inspired Indian architecture and the high-tech, powerful English automobiles with the more primitive transportation alternatives that the Indians possessed. Forster then uses this technological gulf as a metaphor for the significant social stratification between and different cultural mores of the English and the Indians in colonial Indian society. When Mrs. Moore and Dr. Aziz begin to become close, Dr. Aziz’s self-consciousness about his meager abode ultimately leads to a conflict that severs their friendship. Forster also uses the pretentious English clubhouse as a polarizing backdrop when the English glitterati squash Miss Quested’s initial attempts to befriend Indians. Then, when Miss Quested and Dr. Aziz visit the Marabar caves, they arrive using primitive transportation (i.e., elephants and horses). After Miss Quested panics and falls down the hill, Mrs. Derek serendipitously arrives to sweep her away in a fancy automobile, leading to the ultimate rupture of any friendship between Miss Quested and Dr. Aziz. Through Forster’s use of this technological infrastructure motif, he vividly demonstrates the separation in power and social class between the ethnic groups in colonial India which,…
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