Passage to India

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tone  · Forster’s tone is often poetic and sometimes ironic or philosophical major conflict  · Adela Quested accuses Dr. Aziz of attempting to sexually assault her in one of the Marabar Caves. Aziz suspects Fielding has plotted against him with the English. rising action  · Adela Quested and Mrs. Moore’s arrival in India; the women’s befriending of Aziz; Adela’s reluctant engagement to Ronny Heaslop; Ronny and the other Englishmen’s disapproval of the women’s interaction with Indians; Aziz’s organization of an outing to the Marabar Caves for his English friends; Adela’s and Mrs. Moore’s harrowing experiences in the caves; Adela’s public insinuation that Aziz assaulted her in the caves; the inflammation of racial tensions between the Indians and English in Chandrapore climax  · Aziz’s trial; Adela’s final admission that she is mistaken in her accusations and that Aziz is innocent; the courtroom’s eruption; Aziz’s release; the English community’s rejection of Adela falling action  · Fielding’s conversations with Adela; Fielding and Aziz’s bickering over Aziz’s desire for reparations from Adela; Aziz’s assumption that Fielding has betrayed him and will marry Adela; Aziz’s increasingly anti-British sentiment; Fielding’s visit to Aziz with his new wife, Stella; Aziz’s befriending of Ralph and forgiveness of Fielding

5. What is the significance of negation in the novel, with particular reference to the Marabar Caves?

The word "nothing" occurs frequently in A Passage to India, especially in Part 2, which deals with the Marabar Caves. The word does not appear by accident; it suggests an important aspect of Indian religious thought. Central to Hinduism is the concept conveyed by the words "neti, neti," which means "not this, not this." The ultimate reality is beyond anything that can be known by the senses, mind or intellect. It is eternal, without form or attributes. It is beyond the subject-object distinction and cannot be known in the way that the things of the...
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