A Passage to India is a novel E. M. Forster that was first published in 1924. It is a Modernist work in which Forester describes interactions between an Indian doctor and a group of English people living in colonized India, including the false accusation of sexual assault against the doctor by an English woman. The novel was hailed by critics upon its release and is widely considered Forester’s most complex and finest work. In 1984, A Passage to India was adapted into a well-received film by English director David Lean.


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Literary Devices

Here is where you will find analysis of the main themes, motifs, and symbols in A Passage to India as well as a listing of its genre, tone, and other literary devices.


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Deeper Study

Enhance your understanding of A Passage to India by reading background about E. M. Forster and the novel as well as mini essays about Adela and Mrs. Moore, Adela’s breakdown, and the importance of Part III, “Temple,” to the novel.