on to Forster, Forster’s novel, A Passage
to India, is an investigation into the lives of both the colonizer and the
colonized. While the situation of the colonized is unfortunate, loaded with
corrupting pictures of enslaved human advancements and honorable individuals’
lessened to simple workers, it is the colonizer, the British of India, and
their rapid change from newly arrived colonist to rigid and intolerant ruler
that draws my attention. The characters continually remark on these
progressions that strike the British once they fit in to the imperialist lifestyle.
In the second section of the novel Hamidullah, a Muslim character, comments to
they have no choice here that is my point. They come out intending to be
gentlemen and are told it will not do. . . . I give any Englishman two years. .
. . And I give any Englishwoman six months” (Forster 7).
Miss Quested continually stresses over
turning into this caricature of her previous self and furthermore perceives the
changes in her fiancé, Ronny, as he fits into the British ruling class way of
life. Fielding takes a glance at the merciless individuals his countrymen have
become and wonders as he gets to know an Indian Muslim. Is it possible that
imperialism affects the colonizer and additionally the colonized?
Forster unmistakably shows that
imperialism isn’t just a catastrophe for the colonized, but impacts a change on
the colonizer too. However, how and for what reason does this change happen?
Aime Cesaire stated that it is essentially the savage idea of colonization that
progresses man into their most primal state. This does not work in light of the
fact that there is no blatant savagery as in Heart of Darkness. Forster does not appear to parade the brutality
of the colonizer. The change is the myth of the white man as the British
natives affirm their crowns of higher insight and worth. This does not seem to
be a decent argument due to the dominance that the British settlers take upon
themselves in the novel, sequestering themselves in the British club that no
simple Indian can be a piece of. In any case, it doesn’t represent the more
curious and kindhearted natures of Adela and Mr. Fielding and their acts and
opinions toward the Indian individuals.
Fielding an unexpected way in
comparison to Adela. Rather than leaving he turns to the colonized for help.
Fielding connects with the Indians. He has no second thoughts about addressing
them or going to them in their homes, even going to Aziz when he falls sick. He
doesn’t visit “the club,” since he doesn’t share the majority of the
same that the opinions English colonizers do. Fielding understands the reality
that the genuine India lays not in the British imperial scope, but in the
Indians themselves. At the point when Adela is expressing her wish to see the
genuine India, Ronny asks Fielding how one can see the “genuine
India.” Fielding’s answer is
seeing Indians” (25).
This question brings about a considerable
lot of the people at the club discussing how they see too many of Indians and
too often. This remark about observing the genuine India through its people,
depicts sympathy for conquered people, more than any of the other British
individuals were ready to show anytime. Fielding takes his dismissal of the
imperialist nature so far as to help and defend the locals against his own
people. At the point when Aziz is blamed for assault on Adela, Fielding is the
first to go to his help, leaving his own people. He even defiles the sacredness
of the club, picking it to be his fight ground and criticizing his own people
and the play that they have acted in. He puts forth an extremely strong
statement to the surprise of his fellow British subjects. He announces,
believe Dr. Aziz to be innocent. . . . If he is guilty I resign from my service,
and leave India. I resign from the club now” (210).
He totally rejects his people in their
picked sanctuary, contaminating their sanctuary of Britishness and turning into
their enemy. He rejects the mask and does not simply leave it, as Adela should
in the end do, but he stomps on it. He not the slightest bit rejects his
British legacy, however he understands that kinship is possible with the
Indians, and he can even fight for his cause. He turns into a moral hero to the
Indians. In any case, Fielding can’t totally go along with them on the grounds
that most importantly he is a British and in this way holds similar thoughts
and biases that he grew up with. That is unavoidable in light of the fact that,
all things considered, Fielding is a British subject, something that cannot be
At last, Fielding turns back to his people,
marrying an English young lady, however I think it is important that he comes
back to England to discover this young lady, who is associated with Miss
Quested and Mrs. Moore, the two idealistic characters in the novel. Fielding
remains free of the part of imperial actor and proceeds with his thoughts of
friendship and peace with the Indians. I affirm that Forster displayed Fielding
as an example of how to oppose the imperial Indian machine yet still keep up
the British culture. Fielding is the most thoughtful, understanding the
distinctions that may lie between their identities and societies. When he turns
into the “colonizer that can’t,” Fielding demonstrates that
resistance of the changes that happen upon the colonizer is possible and that
the role of imperial actor may be refused.