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Volume 2 Issue 12

September 2015

The Vision of India in A Passage to India: Personal Relationships, Rhythm and Pattern
Mr. Abhilash Dey , 
Guest Lecturer, 
Department of English, 
Kazi Nazrul University, 
Burdwan, West Bengal, India
In A Passage to India, Forster demonstrates several sets of relationship between man and man, between man and woman, between one race and another, between the orient and the occident. The relationships, racial and religious, are more broad-based than personal, and they are often influenced by political and diplomatic factors. Side by side, the bond of personal relationship is basically cordial and, to some extent, it is ethical as well as psychological. At the first blush, the title of Forsterís novel appears to be a misnomer. There is blockage, no passage, in the relationship between one race and another, between one community and another, between one religious sect and another, between one individual and another. A well-organised plot has a pattern of its own. In this connection, Forster introduces two terms: Rhythm and Pattern in his seminal Aspects of the Novel. The former, says he, is a matter of recurrence in varied contexts, something repeated along with variations and the latter suggests structural integrity. This article illustrates how the off-shoot of the novel is that the East and the West must stand apart as long as the East is under the political dominance of the West. But this article also probes how the East and the West may meet, if the level is spiritual rather than political or social.
Forster; A Passage to India; Pattern; Rhythm; Relationships; Colonial India.
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