A passage to India di Forster: riassunto e analisi

Breve riassunto e analisi dell'opera "A passage to India" dello scrittore Edward Forster (3 pagine formato doc)

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In 1906 Forster became the Latin tutor of a young Indian Moslem of a distinguished family and that's how he came into contact with the culture of this country; he went to India twice: in 1912 and in 1922, when he stayed for nine months.

When he returned to England, he completed his most famous novel "A passage to India". Edward Forster had been fascinated by the enormous cultural and social diversity of that country and at the same time negatively impressed by the Anglo-Indian society, which made him develop a deep hostility to British imperialism. The novel is a picture of the contracts existing between the world of the Indian community and the English society of Chandrapore.

Edward Forster: riassunto


A passage to India begins and ends by posing the question of whether it is possible for an Englishman and an Indian to ever be friends, at least within the context of British colonialism. Forster uses this question as a framework to explore the general issue of Britain's political control of India on a more personal level, through the friendship between Aziz (an Indian man) and Fielding (an English man).

A passage to India: riassunto in inglese


At the beginning of the novel, Aziz is scornful of the English, wishing only to consider them comically or ignore them completely. Yet the intuitive connection Aziz feels with Mrs. Moore in the mosque opens him to the possibility of friendship with Fielding. Through the first half of the novel, Fielding and Aziz represent positive models: Forster suggests that British rule in India could be successful and respectful if only English and Indians treated each other as Fielding and Aziz treat each other - as worthy individuals who connect through frankness, intelligence and good will. Afterwards Aziz and Fielding's friendship falls apart because of external pressures, the tendencies of their culture and the stereotypes of their respective communities. The novel is divided into three parts corresponding to the three Indian seasons: "Mosque"(cold weather), "Caves"(the hot weather) and the "Temples"(the rainy season). The Indian landscape with its inhabitants(animals, people, plants, stones) dominates from the beginning to the end. Some of the basic qualities of Forster's India are that it has no interiors or exteriors, nothing is private there, everyone can see you and know even your secrets, weaknesses and failures.