A Passage To India (Cliffs Notes) by Norma Ostrander

By Norma Ostrander

This novel places colonialism less than the microscope and examines racism in India through the interval of English colonization. Forster provides us a story of an extraordinary friendship and the fragile threads that continue it alive - or let it to collapse. This concise complement to E.M. Forster's A Passage to India is helping scholars comprehend the final constitution of the unconventional, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer.

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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. In India, a ravine or a watercourse. howdah A canopied seat on the back of an elephant for two or more persons to ride in. shikar Hunting. Chapter 16 chin-chin A salutation; a toast (pidgin English).

He does not judge on the basis of merit, but rather by position on the social ladder. As a result of his training, he cannot countenance, or understand, anyone who questions these standards. This is why Adela is unsuitable for him and why he cannot be reached by his mother’s arguments. Ronny is the issue of Mrs. Moore’s first marriage. It is possible that, when he was young, she had not reached the level of A Passage to India 44 maturity and perception that would have influenced his life as it seems to have affected the lives of her younger children.

Godbole has already gone. Although Ronny fears that his mother will probably help Aziz if she remains in India, it is Mrs. Moore who decides to return to England before the trial. She sails for England as the guest of Lady Mellanby, wife of the lieutenant governor of the province. Ronny, always impressed with rank and station, basks in the glow of this unexpected honor. As the omniscient author, Forster reveals Mrs. Moore’s meditations. He shows her pondering immorality. She had come to India satisfied with her view of man and his relation with infinity.

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