Quote: "India a nation! What an apotheosis! Last comer to the drab nineteenth-century sisterhood! Waddling in at this hour of the world to take her seat! She, whose only peer was the Holy Roman Empire, saw Mau beneath: they didn't want it, thsaid in their hundred voices, "No, not yet," and the sky said, "No, not there."
The reader can tell that the Englishman is hardly interested in an India or any part of India that replicates that of Victorian England. Instead, through their friendship, Forster creates a model of exchange. This is different from the modern nineteenth-century narratives of Anglo-India, which usually involves a vulnerable Englishwoman. That sort of story, which was employed to justify the intense retributive violence of the so-called Indian Mutiny, is exactly what A Passage to India is designed to move beyond. You can also notice that Forster uses an older narrative form when he focuses on Adela Queste. However,, Adela's story is a Victorian holdover Forster invokes in order to leave behind. Even as he borrows from the Victorians, he demonstrates his distance from Victorian culture by denouncing the femininity it held in high regard. In this way, Forster in a way covers his tracks, and disguises his appropriation of his feminized view. However, Aziz clearly joins the revolutionary chorus when he declares that "India shall be a nation! No foreigners of any sort! Hindu and Moslem and Sikh and all shall be one!" You can also notice Forster suggests that the colonial presence in India is intolerable; he is clearly not convinced by the revolutionary problems of nationalism: You may also notice that Fielding taunts Aziz with the remark "India a nation! What an apotheosis! Last comer to the drab nineteenth-century sisterhood!" As a Muslim, Aziz himself is only half taken with the idea of the modern nation as he recognizes the es of teleology and origins that accompany this model. He also experiences, though very sutally, which privileges birth,...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document