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A Passage To India (Cliffs Notes) by Norma Ostrander

By Norma Ostrander

This novel places colonialism below the microscope and examines racism in India throughout the interval of English colonization. Forster provides us a story of a unprecedented friendship and the fragile threads that preserve it alive - or let it to crumble. This concise complement to E.M. Forster's A Passage to India is helping scholars comprehend the general constitution of the unconventional, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.

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The sky and a hint of arches beyond it are prominent examples. To show that not only are there heights which only the most perceptive minds can comprehend, but also depths, he shows especially sensitive people finding beauty—and God—in the lowest of creatures, the jackal and the wasp. Within this framework he treats of three of the great religions, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. Islam is shown in a decadent state reveling in past glory. The Westernized Moslem finds it hard to maintain his belief.

The one remnant of Islam in the Hindu state is a decaying shrine about which Aziz’s children play. Into this Hindu state comes Fielding with his bride and her brother. At first Aziz has no desire to see Fielding, believing him to have married Adela Quested; he feels that she would be a disrupting influence, bringing ugliness and trouble. When he learns that Stella Moore is Fielding’s wife, he is torn between embarrassment and happiness, for the memory of Mrs. Moore is still a tender one. Floods attend Fielding’s arrival.

Chukker A period of play in polo. Chapter 7 babuism hammam Chapter 9 saddhu Chapter 11 chunam grown A disparaging term applied to the English written or spoken by natives of India. ” A building or room designed for bathing, either public or private. A Hindu ascetic or holy man. Plaster or stucco made from lime and sea-sand. Chapter 13 tiffin Lunch. fez A tapering felt cap, usually red, with a A Passage to India 53 black tassel hanging from the crown (formerly worn by Turkish men). pujah Chapter 14 mullah Religious worship.

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