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A Passage To India - Write an account of the trip to the Marabar Caves explaining fully what happens and what is revealed about the relationship between Aziz and his guests.

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Introduction

Write an account of the trip to the Marabar Caves explaining fully what happens and what is revealed about the relationship between Aziz and his guests. The term relationship is defined as a state of connectedness between people and most especially an emotional connection. Within chapters 12-16 it can be identified that there simply is no existence of relationship between Aziz and his guests whilst on the trip to the Marabar Caves. This is shown especially when on of Aziz's servants is preparing the tea and the ungrateful response that response that Mrs Moore makes. This is identified by "A strange place to make tea in". The servant is simply trying to do his utter most for the two English ladies by making the tea in the toilet. The comment made by Mrs Moore shows just how little she has an emotional connection with Aziz, as not only is she being rude at the servants persistence to do his best; but she is not helping and surely a friend or a person who has got a relationship of some kind with Aziz would. The first real aspect of the arrangements for the trip to the Marabar Caves is the fact that Aziz has not thought through the entire trip and everyone's needs. ...read more.

Middle

This is identified by "for she had nearly fainted in it". This event seriously effects the development of the plot, as it means that Aziz and Miss Quested have to visit the rest of the caves alone. This incident also meant that Mrs Moore started to view a whole new perspective on life. As it made her incur a shock to her system and began her questioning about the point of life. This idea is further shown when Mrs Moore then complains and feels that there is simply no point to her life. This is shown by "Everything exists, nothing has value". By including this idea shows that Mrs Moore is in the throws of geriatric depression. The idea that Aziz has induced this behaviour from his trip to the Marabar Caves shows that the relationship between them must not be as significant as he makes out it to be. As if Aziz truly appreciated Mrs Moore he would understand that she is an elderly lady who could not possibly take on such a trip. Also as a result of this trip which has caused them all so much hassle for nothing, because they cannot sufficiently communicate, has meant that Mrs Moore is having the beginnings of a mental illness. ...read more.

Conclusion

This touching moment is upsetting, because as a reader we can see that Aziz has done no harm and only wanted to do his utter most for his guests. Now he is being locked away not knowing exactly why but all he has discovered is that his reputation is ruined and that his children are going to be terribly disappointed. From this as a reader we are immediately aware as to what has caused Aziz to be arrested it has to be due to the disappearance of Miss Quested. However, we are then kept in suspense as to what Aziz is meant to have done so it also creates a cliff-hanger in this way. To draw this account to a close it can be fairly said that Aziz did not successfully create a significant relationship between himself and his guests. I consider this is due to Aziz's consistent lying, as no true relationship between groups of people can be sufficiently made unless there is trust. Aziz is portrayed in such a way that he edgy and unsure of people so this also heightens the idea that no relationship was developed. Another factor which influenced my opinion was the way in which Aziz was constantly trying to impress the ladies and his other guests. Had he simply made the picnic a simpler affair there may have been time to talk and be honest with each other instead of arranging activities? Hannah West 12MRB English CRF ...read more.

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