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Essay talks about cultural misunderstandings in the book A Passage to India by EM Forster between the British and the Indians Some sentences dont read well but overall clear and easy to read Cultural Misunderstanding In his novel A Passage to India EM Forster uses a series of repeated misunderstandings between cultures which become solidified into social stereotypes to justify the meaningless attempts to bridge the cultural gaps 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 illustrated in the way of which people use the same words but do not hear the same meaning It is also displayed through the British characters Aziz meets through invitations time and mistakes Upon meeting the British there are two notable instances of miscommunication which occur when Aziz meets the British characters in the novel that will end up being close yet controversial friends Upon his confrontation with Mrs Moore at the Mosque he sees a British woman and right away he develops a series of misconceptions about her He believes that she is like all other British women who are too good for the Indians Madam this is a mosque you have no right here at all you should have taken off your shoes this is a holy place for Moslems I have taken them off You have I left them at the entrance Then I ask your pardon I am truly sorry for speaking Yes I was right was I not If I remove my shoes I am allowed Of course but so few ladies take the trouble especially if thinking no one is there to see p13-14 What Aziz finds is the surprising fact that she is like Aziz in many ways or as he describes her Oriental p17 Yet when seeing this side of the British
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