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A Passage to India. Compare Fieldings reaction to Azizs arrest to the reactions of the other Englishmen.

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Q. Compare Fielding?s reaction to Aziz?s arrest to the reactions of the other Englishmen. Adela?s accusation and Aziz?s consequent arrest provides impetus to the racial tensions which inevitably exist in Colonial India and confirms the suspicion and the stereotypes that the British have associated with the Indians. The alleged crime brings out the worst in them as they take it as an opportunity to assert their position as the colonizing power. Not only do they fervently believe that Aziz is guilty, but they go on to associate this guilt generally with the Indians. Fielding manages to distinguish himself from the rest of his community by declaring his unquestioning belief in Aziz?s virtuousness and he pledges to stand by his friend. ...read more.

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His relentless support for Aziz demonstrates his strength of character; he detaches himself from the other Englishmen for the sake of his Indian friend. His strong conviction offends the Anglo-Indians who cannot figure out what he seeks to achieve through his support of a native. McBryde asks him ?Innocence or guilt, why mix yourself up? What?s the good?? This question shows the relationship between the Anglo-Indians and the Indians; they have come just to rule and the idea of associating with the Indians seems absurd to them. Fielding?s reaction to Aziz?s arrest is a sharp contrast to the reaction of the other Englishmen in India. They immediately indict Aziz as the accusation on him confirms their suspicion and stereotypes. ...read more.

Conclusion

Fielding strives to save Aziz?s reputation which is now at the mercy of the English. Fielding makes repeated efforts to make his fellow Englishmen realize that Aziz is innocent but he soon realizes that they all are too prejudiced against the Indians to consider their actions. The Anglo-Indians regard the Indians as an inferior race; all their actions and reactions originate from this notion. McBryde's theories about the inferiority of the darker races clearly show the racist culture of the west. The English abstain from interacting with the Indians as they believe, ?when a man mixes himself up with the natives; always ends up in some indignity.? This seems to be Fielding?s fate who desperately waits for Aziz?s acquittal and who according to the Collector ?has sunk to the level of? his associates. ...read more.

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