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This essay will be an analysis of the depiction of British Justice in EM Fosters A Passage to India specifically within Chapter XXIV of the novel Within this specific chapter it is the trial where Dr Aziz has been charged with attempted rape Although throughout the novel the reader has no clear indication if the charge against him is true or not Foster depicts British Justice as a way of controlling the Indian natives Foster had knowledge of the British justice system but Forsters depictions of law are not verisimilar Nor could they be When E A Horne a worker in the Indian education service criticised these depictions Forster cursed his friend the Indian lawyer Syeed Ross Masood for not advising him betterFurbank 1992 xix Fosters superficial knowledge of the British Justice system within India allowed him to give the reader the idea of the socio-political realities within India and how the courts were used in order to maintain that the English remained in control and had power over the native Indians The novel poses the question throughout whether or not Indians and English can be friends The characters that represent this question are Mrs Moore and Fielding The English are not in India to make friends with the Indians but they are there to control India through the law and other socio political instruments The trial scene should be considered as the climax within the novel as the outcome of the court proceedings will decided the fate of Dr Aziz Although even before the proceedings have began the District Superintendent of Police in Chandrapore Mr McBryde is convinced that the court proceedings are merely a formality and that Dr Aziz will surely be convicted of the crime at the end of the court case Ronny the ex-fianc of Miss Adela Quested cannot be part of the court proceedings and preside over the court case as he is involved with the persecutor Therefore the position
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