Nature in a Passage to India

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Nature in A Passage to India Nature is everywhere. This universal idea inspires many authors to emphasize nature’s role in the human world and to highlight how the human world affects nature. A Passage to India, written by E.M. Forster, does just that. In many instances throughout the book, Forster stresses human struggles and how these coexist with nature. While doing this, Forster also illustrates the resentment and friendship shared between the two ethnic groups in the novel. He successfully demonstrates the cacophony of the colonial Indian and the discord felt between the English and Indians while also showing the harmony of some English and Indian people, all through the use of nature and it’s actions. The English interaction with …show more content…
He chooses a very ugly setting in which the differences between the two groups are very evident. “Chandrapore was never large or beautiful…” and “The very wood seems made of mud, the inhabitants of mud moving” (Chapter 1), both show how bad of a place Chandrapore is to be living. The entire city is dirty and mucky and those who live in it, the Indians, aren’t any better. However, later in the same description, Forster writes, “On the second rise is laid out the little civil station, and viewed hence Chandrapore appears to be totally different place. It is a city of gardens” (Chapter 1), illustrating the English way of life in India. These two contrasting ideas, one of dull and dirty existence, the other of a clean and luxury life, are created through only nature and setting. Forster creates a sense of definite positions by using only these two things, and it helps to build up character later in the book.
Additionally Forster uses nature to explore various topics of interaction between the English and the Indian people. Nature is used to stress positive interactions, such as the full and lovely moon in the sky when Aziz and Adela first meet in the mosque. The full moon is a sign of brilliance and contentment and is very appropriate for that first meeting. Forster’s uses of nature to stress positive environments is also seen when the wasp brings together Mrs. Moore and Mr. Godbole. They both

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