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A Passage to India

A Passage to India

by E.M. Forster

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Adela Quested and Mrs. Moore arrive in Chandrapore, where they meet members of both the British and Indian communities.

Act II

On an outing to the Marabar Caves, Adela believes she has been attacked by Dr. Aziz. At his trial, she withdraws the charge, creating upheaval in Chandrapore.

Act III

At Mau, Aziz and Fielding reconnect, although they realize that they cannot continue to be friends.

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