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1 Mrs. Moore, Mr. Fielding, and the Venetian Narrator: Reimaging Societies through Action In societies dominated by social hierarchies and cultural restrictions, Mrs. Moore and Mr. Fielding in A Passage to India and the Venetian narrator in The White Castle integrate themselves into their respective societies instead of joining the majority who work against them. Comparing them, Mrs. Moore’s attitude towards Indians is already preset while Mr. Fielding has spent more time with Indians and has developed respect for them, especially after he gets to know Dr. Aziz. The narrator, on the other hand, has a complete turnaround of his opinions of the Turks and more importantly, his goal in life. The reason these individuals make such an impact to the reader is because it shows how one is able to shift from one environment to another, even when peer pressure and the societal guidelines are restrictive and overwhelming. Through these characters’ words and actions they reflect their ever-changing attitudes about themselves and the supposed enemies, the Indians and Hoja. Mrs. Moore out of the three characters is most consistent in her actions. In the mosque scene she takes off her shoes as a sign of respect before she is confronted by Dr. Aziz, who is surprised to learn that she had knowledge of their culture and religion. Mrs. Moore’s knowledge of Muslim traditions shows how she had made an effort to learn these beforehand. This thoughtful preparation for her emergence in the Indian culture exemplifies the respect she gives the “real India,” a country not as barbaric and unorganized as the British seem to make it. Her good-heartedness is surprising as her son, the city magistrate, is very much like the majority of the British who look down on the Indians and are quick to put the blame on them. When a man is presented in front of him to defend an allegation, Ronny pays no mind to the defendant’s pleas and sentences him. His inconsideration reveals the racism the Indians face every day and how unjust the legal system is when infiltrated with discrimination. To Indians, it seems as if nothing
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2 is reliable anymore, which is why Mrs. Moore’s character is so important because she breaks out of the stereotypical British mold. Mr. Fielding interacts with the Indians with the same respect that Mrs. Moore gives them.
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