Theme Of Imperialism In A Passage To India

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In the novel A Passage to India, Forster portrays many of the interactions between the Indian population and the British imperialists as an over-arching metaphor for the shortcomings of imperialism. This ‘metaphor’ is further elaborated by the personal make-up of certain characters, through their values, and their actions towards one another. The following essay will focus on the character Cyril Fielding and his ability to contrast the ordinary English imperialist and by doing so expose the polarizing inroads of the British Raj.

A question one must ask when reading this novel is whether the connections between characters can be made on an individual level, and not just from an imperial perspective. This notion is echoed by the conversations
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The nature of Ronny’s fear is prevalent throughout in the use of his language; his tone is one that is shared by many English in the novel, an uncertain unease brought about, not through experience, but rather the words and stories of others sharing the disposition of that Imperial nationality. “Savage” is the nature of anything foreign to their racial and cultural norms. A reason why no friendship seems to have surpassed the borders of race and culture so far in the…show more content…
Fielding on the one hand renounces both the English and the Indian societies due to the similarities they both displayed after the trial. Not being able to find a place on either side of the two nationalities, he leaves the country in pursuit of “structure”. One could argue that at the end of the novel that Fielding’s return to Aziz amongst all the “muddle” is a cyclical return to the beginning, and affords a second chance at friendship. However, with the increased radical and drastic nature of Aziz’s beliefs forces a divide that leaves Fielding on the perceived side of the
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