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A Passage to India. How successful do you think the novel is in its critique of "Orientalist" stereotypes? Do you think the novel still clings to some of these racial stereotypes when it depicts Indian characters?

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How successful do you think the novel is in its critique of "Orientalist" stereotypes? Do you think the novel still clings to some of these racial stereotypes when it depicts Indian characters? The critique of the stereotypes in "A Passage to India" is shown to be clearly successful in characters' appearances, personalities, and attitudes with each other, be it concerning different races or religion. The author brings the common stereotypes but with an underlining of why most of these stereotypes are usually misjudged. Adding the commonsensical idea that even with these stereotypes applied on Indians, there are others who are against the "norm". However, one would notice even with such sympathy, Forster also seems to cling to a few stereotypical characteristics. Forster's description within the novel brings out more than a successful critique of stereotypes within these two cultures. His main character, Dr. ...read more.


Godbole is presented as the Hindu representative of the Indian population, and his beliefs and action give off a different tone than the normally hostile, fearful and almost cowardly feeling that most British people assume Indians would, and probably should have. His spirituality and his own deep belief in his faith sets him aloof from others and his indifferent attitude towards the Englishmen shows certain strength that the author brilliantly portrays in such a character. However, as much as the author seems to favor the Indian culture over his own, there are some slight and almost unnoticed stereotypes that are probably deeply interlaced because of the author's English roots. One would notice this suggestion in the bridge party where the author portrays an Indian woman with her husband almost forcing themselves to accept Mrs. Moore's self-invite to their house. Many would imply that Mrs. ...read more.


Froster represents the British in a very stereotypical manner, with the exceptions of the few like Mrs. Moore and Adela to dilute the slight stereotypes within the Indian culture. This clever trick is indeed both a cover up and an honest approach to the readers because while the author tries to seem evenhanded between the two cultures, he notices that even with his attempt, he cannot become totally unbiased, hence he might have used the overstressing emphasis on the British to water down the stereotypes he could not get rid of. Overall, the author was successful in the majority of his attempts, but within the lines and between them, Forster still had some ideas previously about the orientalist culture; yet it is explainable and justified by the fact that he is after all human, and everybody whether a saint or else, would be judging a person absentmindedly. ...read more.

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