The Psychological Transitions in the Character Portrayal of E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India

  • Nilufa Akte Lecturer Department of English City University Bangladesh

Abstract

A passage to India, of E.M. Forster, sheds light on the psychological journey of the main characters (Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Adela Quested, Dr. Aziz) who are connected to the incident of the Marabar caves. E. M. Foster has given the readers the opportunities to analyze and discuss the novel from various angles. Having the context in India and characters from the Britain, this text can be analyzed from different perspectives including colonial studies, political perspective, physical and mental passage of British people to India, cultural conflict, religious conflict, racism and so on. And all these issues along with Marabar Caves do create some impacts on the characters in different times as the storyline gets developed in the novel. The experience of the Marabar caves affected the minds of the characters and a great deal of transformation is observed among them. This paper highlights how the story of Dr. Aziz changes with the incoming of Adela and Mrs. Moore as well as how the deflection that occurs in the Marabar Caves incident transits these character’s life into a new diverse vision. This paper also focuses how the journey of the characters switches into a new mode of realization; find a new identity, new philosophy of life through the transitions.


 

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How to Cite
AKTE, Nilufa. The Psychological Transitions in the Character Portrayal of E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 4, p. 34-53, apr. 2020. ISSN 2582-3574. Available at: <http://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10520>. Date accessed: 30 may 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i4.10520.