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Understanding Differences Understanding a country a culture or even a person who is different from us without a question is a challenge Different people use different methods to get to know other cultures better Some read some travel some make friends with people from other cultures and some merely use their own stereotypes and generalizations about a particular culture In the end some people do get a good understanding about another culture that they are trying to understand while some dont So what is the best way to get to know another culture Is it reading traveling making friends or the generalizations I personally believe that it is through making friends Knowing people from a different culture will eventually make one understand that culture Strong positive personal relationships with people who are different can give one the best and the most genuine understanding about differences In his novel A Passage to India EMForster introduces us to several characters that are trying to understand a different culture in many different ways In understanding cultural differences some characters such as Fielding Ralph and MrsMoore become considerably successful because they made friends with a native Aziz But the other characters like Adela Ronny Callender and McBryde uses other methods like traveling or cultural generalizations and make mistakes that lead to terrible misunderstandings Adelas character represents the type of people who try to understand a culture by traveling as tourists She wanted to see the real IndiaP22 So she goes to the Marabar Caves and face the unexpected Then she makes the terrible mistake of accusing Aziz of insulting her P180 She and many people around her get trapped in a web of misunderstandings because she did not see the real India She did not have the proper understanding about the people who are different from her own race at the time She was a mere spectator of cultural differences This spectator approach towards a culture kept
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