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Cultural Misunderstanding in Forsters A Passage to India In his novel A Passage to India Forster uses a series of repeated misunderstandings between cultures which become hardened into social stereotypes to justify the uselessness of attempts to bridge cultural gulfs In many instances the way in which language is used plays a great role in the miscommunication between the English and the Indians as well as among people of the same culture This is exemplified in the way in which people use the same words but do not hear the same meaning It is also displayed through the British characters Aziz meets and befriends through a series of invitations and through time and true mistakes Two significant instances of miscommunication occur when Aziz meets the British characters in the novel that will end up being very close yet controversial friends Upon his encountering Mrs Moore at the Mosque he sees a British woman and right away develops a series of misconceptions about her He believes that she is like all other British women bring up conversation on women being alikeMadam this is a mosque you have no right here at all you should have taken off your shoes this is a holy place for MoslemsThen I ask your pardon I am truly sorry for speakingYes I was right was I not If I remove my shoes I am allowedOf course but so few ladies take the trouble especially if thinking no one is there to see 18What Aziz finds is the unexpected fact that she is like Aziz in many ways or as he describes her Oriental 21 Yet when seeing this side of the British woman he again breaks his connection with her when she speaks of her sonAnd why ever do you come to Chandrapore To visit my son He is the City Magistrate hereOh no excuse me that is quite impossible Our City Magistrates name is Mr Heaslop I know
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