Comparing Relationships in E. Meters. Forster's A Passage to India and Virginia Woolf's To the Light-house
E. M. Forster's A Passage to India and Virginia Woolf's To the Light-house are concerned with all the lack of intimacy in interactions. Forster's book is set in English-run India, the difference between race and culture becoming the center of disharmony. Woolf's novel is defined in a family's summer property, the difference between genders getting the center of disharmony. Despite this difference of scale, the disharmonies are the same. Unanimity and closeness are connected in the two novels. While the meanings of intimacy vary with each person, all of the characters target unity through their contact with other folks. The difference in ideas of intimacy are what stop unity from being obtained. For the Indians, intimacy is a showing of assets and personal details that acknowledges equality. To get the British, intimacy is definitely similarity of background and devotion. Thus, Heaslop tells his mother that he made an error by requesting one of the Pleaders to smoking with him because the Pleader then told all the litigants that he was in with metropolis Magistrate (Forster, 20). For the Pleader, this kind of sharing of cigarettes and leisure time is an act of intimacy because it seems an acknowledgement of equality. To Heaslop, this is a friendly take action of sociable convention mainly because equality is dependent on race and class, is something inherent, not given.
The idea of intimacy as unanimity is a stress throughout A Passageway to India. When Aziz thinks of his better half on the wedding anniversary of her death, this individual wonders in the event that he shall meet her in an the grave, but will not have specific faith in an afterlife. He believes that "God's unanimity was irrebatible and indubitably...
... ziz is disappointed that his attempt at engagement is not successful.
Oneness requires closeness because closeness is a great acknowledgement of equality. Only if one transcends limitations of gender and race, runs oneself past social codes that emphasize division can true unity be achieved. Equally authors end their works of fiction with a great insinuation of any future that is friendlier to intimacy and unity: Lily finally achieves unity in her painting and the last words with the land to Aziz and Fielding happen to be "'No, certainly not yet…No, certainly not there. " (Forster, 282). Sometime, somewhere the English language and the Indians will unite and guy and woman will obtain gendered unanimity within the self.
Forster, E. M. A Passage to India. London, uk: Everyman's Collection, 1991.
Woolf, Virginia. For the Lighthouse. Introduction by G. M. Hoare, Ph. D. London: M. M. Dent and Daughters Ltd., 60.