"A Passage to India" - A Book Review Book Review by scribbler

An in-depth look at E.M. Forster's novel, "A Passage to India."
# 151814 | 2,533 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2012 in Literature (English) , Political Science (Colonialism)

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This paper analyzes and reviews E. M. Forster's novel " A Passage to India" particularly focusing on the issues of class and colonialism as presented in the work. According to the paper, the novel is set against the social system known as the British Raj and the burgeoning Indian independence movement of the post-World War I world. The review further notes that the story revolves around four major characters, their interactions, a trial, racial tension, and prejudices and biases between indigenous Indians and the British colonists. First, the paper reviews the novel from a socio-cultural biographical standpoint. Then, it moves to a brief overview of the history of British Colonialism in India. Next, it explores some of the major themes and risks Forster took in allowing a differing viewpoint to overcome the standard colonial exploitation mode. Finally, the paper addresses the role of Hinduism in the novel. The paper concludes by describing Forster's perception of India.


E.M. Forster
British Imperialism
A Passage to India (Plot Summary)
Themes of Bias and Prejudice

From the Paper:

"Forster was born into a middle class family, was an only child, and was fortunate enough to receive a modest inheritance from an Aunt which allowed him to attend Cambridge and then to travel. Upon the outset of World War I, Forster became a conscientious objector - certainly an unpopular stance at the time. In the early 1920s he spent additional time in India as the private secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas, and after returning from India, he completed his last novel, A Passage to India, in 1924 (Bradshaw, 2007).
"Ironically, A Passage to India is his last book, written when he was in his early 40s. Afterwards, in the 1930s and 1940s, he became a successful BBC Radio broadcaster and ardent and public humanist. He lived with his mother until his death at age of 90, keeping literary circles and discussion groups. His novels all portray humanism in some manner, but also explore other important themes that surrounded Forster at the time. In A Passage to India and Howard's End, the irreconcilability of class differences is accentuated; A Room With A View how privilege and monetary security sometimes blind one to outside paradigms..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bradshaw, D. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Forster. Cited in:http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521542524&ss=fro
  • Forster, E.M. (2005). A Passage to India. Penguin.
  • Hodge, C. (2008). Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism. Greenwood Press.
  • James, L. (2000). Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. St. Martin's Press.
  • Kermode, F. (2009). Concerning E.M. Forster. Farar, Straus, and Giroux.

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