Passage To India - Mrs. Moore

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"The key to understanding the novel lies in the role of Mrs Moore. She is both a character and a symbol.  Analyse her role in the novel in light of this statement.

Mrs. Moore is the symbol of spiritual growth and discovery in "A Passage To India . Conflict with original beliefs, overcoming a drastic change in culture and religious discovery are major themes that run throughout the entire novel, not only for Mrs. Moore but also for the other characters. Forster represents these themes in dialogue and imagery through Mrs. Moore's interaction with the other characters and with India itself.

When Aziz meets Mrs. Moore for the first time at the Mosque we notice how different her character is from most other English, or (as Forster names them in the novel) "Anglo-Indian  women. Aziz immediately develops a misconception of Mrs. Moore, clearly based on his previous experiences of the English, chiding her for entering the Mosque and not removing her shoes. And yet we are intrigued and impressed by her when we discover that she has in fact removed her shoes, and also by her knowledge of the Muslim faith:

"Yes, I was right, was I not? If I remove my shoes, I am allowed? 

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