Sunday, June 2, 2019
Comparing Ruth Prawer Jhabvalas Heat and Dust and Forsters A Passage
Comparing Ruth Prawer Jhabvalas Heat and Dust and Forsters A Passage to IndiaLiterature throughout time has contained many similarities. These similarities become redden more prevalent when authors shargon a similar style and inspirations. Two authors that withdraw similar experiences are Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and E.M. Forster. Both these authors have written books that are in the modernism style. Jhabvala and Forster also were fascinated by India and choose the relationships between aboriginal Indians and English colonizers as one of their themes. These similarities helped produce books that have similar characters. The women, not native to India, in both Jhabvala Heat andDust and Forsters A Passage to India, share many of the same attributes. The most obvious similarities are those shared by Jhabvalas character Olivia and Forsters character Adela. Throughout the books, these two characters share many characteristics and experiences. The first experience they shared while in Indi a is that both women are social with the native Indians. This was unacceptable to all Anglo-Indians. Olivia frequently visited the Nawab at his palace. She also entertained him and his companion, Harry at her home. For the majority of the book, Olivias husband, Douglas is unaware of how frequently she visited the Nawab. If Douglas had been fully aware of Olivias actions, he would have been enraged. Proper Englishwomen were not to associate with natives while unchaperoned. Adela, Forsters character, had a similar experience. She desired to see the real India. To allow her to do this, a native offered to take her to the Marabar Caves, a local landmark. Again, Englishwomen were not to associate with the natives. Her potential fianc and host, allowed her to go under the condition that his mother and an Englishman were also included in the group. Socializing with Indians is moreover one general experience Olivia and Adela had. Another similar experience occurs near the end of both book s. Both Olivia and Adela had relationships irreparably changed through the influence of India. If neither women was in India, their relationships probably would have remained intact. Olivias marriage to Douglas was ruined because of her relationship with the Nawab. Olivia became very close with the Nawab. She eventually came to carry his child. Because Olivia did not believe the child ... ... this advice happened at the Bridge Party. Again, they told Adela that she was superior to the natives and should act accordingly. contempt all their attempts Adela did not adopt their opinions about the natives. She attempted to form her own. The Anglo-Indian women in both novels attempted to supply advice to the younger women.Despite being written by different authors, the female characters in Jhabvalas Heat and Dust and Forsters A Passage to India are very similar. In spite of the similarities among characters the novels themselves are different. Not only do the novels have different themes , they were also written through different points of view. While A Passage to India is mainly written through the view of a narrator, the point of view in Heat and Dust changes from the narrator to a third person view developed through Olivias letters. These are a hardly a(prenominal) of the many differences between the novels that occurregardless of the fact that the novels have similar characters. Works CitedForster, E.M. (1992). A Passage to India. New York Everymans Library, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. (1975). Heat and Dust. New York harper & Row, Publishers.