A Passage To India Summary

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I will be looking at E. M Forster’s A Passage to India, in an attempt to discuss the significance of the fact that there is “no final revelation” of what has happened to Adela in the Marabar caves, in order to ascertain whether Lionel Trilling’s claim that it is “major disappointment” to the reader, or if there other ways of interpreting the “mystery” at the heart of the novel? In order for me to look at the “disappointment” caused by there being “no final revelation” I will look first at the incident that occurred at the Marabar Caves, then at the trial scene to establish why this is such a disappointment and thereafter I will look at how we can otherwise interpret this “mystery”. The excursion to the Marabar Caves was Dr. Aziz’s idea- instead of a party at his house he invites them to a picnic by the caves- as a way of helping Mrs. Moore and Miss Quested achieve their goal of “discovering the real India” (Forster, 1924, p. 8), at the first cave Mrs. Moore becomes claustrophobic and believes that she hears a message from India saying that "Pathos, piety, courage--they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value" (Forster, 1924, p. 64), this causes Mrs. Moore to stay out of the second of the Marabar caves, Dr Aziz then ensures that the same cannot happen at the second cave by deciding that no one can go with them, and this is where the trouble occurs, before entering the cave Adela offends Dr Aziz by asking how many wives he has, as his

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