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Compare the way in which Forster and Smith present the relationships of Aziz and Fielding and Archie and Samad in A Passage to India and White Teeth Archie Samad Aziz and Fielding are the central characters in their respective novels Forster and Smith allow their friendships to evolve as events such as The trouble with Millat and the trial of Aziz cause problems that the friends help each other through Both authors use the relationships of their characters to communicate issues such as race and religion which are relevant in both novels Forster and Smith communicate the idea that these are friendships which cross boundaries of race religion class and culture The social and political backdrop of Forsters novel is India at the time of the British Raj A Passage to India is a linear novel whereas White Teeth is a diasporic novel which moves between time periods Therefore the social and political context is quite different At one point in the novel Smith writes about the publication of the controversial book about Islam written by Salman Rushdie called The Satanic Verses in 1988 The religious issues raised by Salman Rushdie contribute to the novel as do the prejudices towards religions such as Jehovahs witnesses Forster establishes the friendship of Aziz and Fielding in a context which approaches the constraints of the colonial world and the conclusion that a multi-racial friendship could not be accepted by contemporary society With White Teeth however the two men are practically removed from the politicised context of the novel and instead are placed in the multicultural environment of OConnells which is a small caf where then men enjoy socialising away from their families The friendship between Aziz and Fielding seems unlikely as the coloniser and the colonised Forster is trying to show that there is a gulf between the races which makes them drastically different and is possibly trying to communicate the idea that the
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