The Moonstone is an interesting novel written by Thomas Collins, and the author starts this writing piece with a standard portrayal of India. He tells readers that it’s a country filled with such matters as treachery, mysticism, adventures, savageness, and so on. The audience can fee a pervasive fear throughout the English folk in this popular novel, and it’s a fear of the mixture of human races, disregard for human lives, moral corruptions, etc.
However, the main intention of Collins is different because he shares a final impression of India in a completely different way. That’s because he manages to create quite a notable portrayal of this country, which is filled with its ancient duty, piety, and sacrifice. He offers a subtle description of a final resting place and the revelation of the true nature in addition to a subtle hypocrisy of the British prejudices toward Indians that existed at that time.
In the beginning of this story, readers can get a clearer picture of the Moonstone history till the moment when it gets into the possession of John Herncastle. Its story is told by a trusted relative who hasn’t any interest in related this take in a negative manner to reflect the whole family badly. It’s never written that this man killed sacred priests to get the precious stone, it’s meant throughout the text. For instance, you can read the last words of the dying Brahman in this native language who promises the vengeance of the Moonstone to John.
However, this fact isn’t enough to accuse any British officer in this crime. The audience can see true emotions and feelings toward the guilt of John from the side of his cousin who asks him for some explanations of this bloody and terrible scene. That’s because he understood the words of the dying Indian, but John avoids telling him how this man died. His cousin still remains suspicious and he makes certain conclusions about the guilt of Herncastle.
The author means that readers should find this character guilty according to the evidence given in the text that the whole family turned away from him after this incident. Collins wants people to agree with the fact of his guilt, so the further hypocritical treatment of Indians seems even more striking. The circumstantial evidence is not enough because the court requires actual eyewitnesses to prove his guilt because moral proofs are not enough to convict British people.
The Moonstone is an interesting novel written by Thomas Collins, and the author starts this writing piece with a standard portrayal of India. He tells readers that it’s a country filled with such matters as treachery, mysticism, adventures, savageness, and so on.