Examples Of Prejudice In A Passage To India

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A Passage to India: Race, Inequlity and Suppression
A rape trial unveils more than an ethic issue, but an ethnic opposition. In A Passage to India, the rape trial of Adela Quest to Dr. Aziz aggravates the opposition between the British and Indians, at the same time, crystalising how nationalism as well as colonialism thoroughly lead everyone in India to be powerless. Under the colonial system, no room is for individuality or individualism with everyone struggling for defining themselves, not by the complexity and diversity of personalities and mindsets, but a collective identity of being either British or Indian. In other words, in colonized India, individuality is highly suppressed by the prejudiced stereotypes and social norms caused by the
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Aziz agrees, the Englishmen have no choice but to insult the Indians to emphasize that they are the superiors and the rulers of India. Both Dr. Aziz and Hamidullah commend that, the British, “all are exactly alike” (Foster, 9), under the colonial system, a to be unanimously contemptuous. Even though at first, some of the English newcomers are friendly, they all turn out to be racists as their conversation goes: “They (the Englishmen) come out intending to be gentlemen, and are told it will not do. Look at Lesley, look at Blakiston, now it is your red-nosed boy, and Fielding will go next.” (Foster, p.9) It is noteworthy that the subject, “They” referred to the whole English community that urges Lesley, Blakiston as well as the red-nosed boy have no alternative but to follow them. The latter, as Hamidullah mentions, used to be nice to him, but the longer as he stays in India, he begins to detest the Indians as his senior generation and the majority of the English. Thus, this discrimination against Indians becomes an inheritance for every English in India. For Indians, they are indoctrinated and internalize the subordinated position where
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