depiction of Aziz’s Indian community, English homework help



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This forum has three sections, and the questions are based on A Passage To India and the assigned "selections from Gandhi" ( you can googlethis week. Please respond all three sections; failure to respond to any one section will result in a lower grade for the discussion.

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  1. Compare Forster’s depiction of the English with his depiction of Aziz’s Indian community. How would Gandhi view the differences in Forster’s portrayals? Would Gandhi see any biases? Did you see any biases?
  2. After viewing the film version of Forster’s work, do you think that Forster would have agreed with Gandhi’s call for nonviolent resistance and Indian independence? Why?
  3. What is Forster’s primary critique of the British in India? Does Gandhi share a similar critique in his writings?

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Running head: A PASSAGE TO INDIA


A Passage to India
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A comparative look at the way Forster depicts the English and the way he depicts the
Indian community through the persona of Aziz in A Passage to India may be seen in the realms
of how he treats the issue of the possibility of an Englishman and Indian ever being friends. This
is in the context of the British colonialism where he uses this issue as the basis of exploring the
wider subject of the way the British colonizers controlled India politically as well as the personal
relationships of Englishmen and Indians such as that between Atela and Fielding on one hand
and Aziz on the other.
Forster uses the initial scorn Aziz hand for the Englishmen to depict the cultural and
political divide between the two cultures. However, with time, the rather comical view the
Indians may have hand over the English is slowly replaced but something more intuitive as
evident in the relationship that Aziz had with Mrs. Moore that takes the possibility of
development of a more genuine friendship especially with Fielding. Therefore, despite the
negative and deriding perception that Forster seem to depict of the Indians through the character
of Aziz, he develops relationships that can be seen as a cultivating a more positive modeling of
liberal humanism.
Forster therefore seems to be advocating for the possibility of the British colonization in
India rule being more respectful and successful if only both sides would treat each other the way
Fielding and Aziz did. Their relationship despite the obvious cultural differences was founded on
regarding each other humanely through being frank, intelligent, and trustworthy. However, the
whole notion that Forster portrays in his work despite being careful in striking a difference
between what he considers as “muddle” and “mystery” would be in opposition to Gandhi’s
views. Forster uses the word “Muddle” as a connotation for something that is dangerous or



disorderly, and “mystery” to suggest some mystical and orderly way as that from a spiritual
force, Gandhi is of a totally different view. The depiction of India has its fair share of biases as
exemplified in Forster’s character, Fielding, such as the admission of the fact that the country is a
“muddle,” while other characters like Godbole and Mrs. Moore regard it as a mystery.
The other biases are further depicted in way of its architecture and landscape of the
countryside which is shown as formless, while its plant and animal life as defying identification.
This is in addition to the way the quality of India’s environment is shown to be muddled
mirroring its native population, in terms of a mixture of religious, linguistic,...

Oraajvfr (2799)
UC Berkeley

Excellent resource! Really helped me get the gist of things.