Gender Bias in the 1920’s as Portrayed in "A Passage to India"

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Today, for the most part, women are seen as equal to men. Women are given the same opportunities as men, and an equal chance at getting a job. In today’s society, women no longer have one role, which is to have kids and raise them, but they can pursue any career they wish. However, it was not always this way. According to feminist theorists, western civilizations were patriarchal, meaning they were dominated by males. Society was set up so the male was above the female in all cultural aspects, including family, religion, politics, economics, art, and the social and legal realms. The patriarchal biases of gender between male and female said that a male must be active, dominating, adventurous, rational, and creative.
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The first female character described in the text as lacking intelligence is Adela Quested. In the novel, Forster says, “The dialogue remained light and friendly and Adela had no conception of its underdrift” (Forster 64). By reading what Forster wrote in the quote, the reader can examine Adela’s lack of intelligence and her inability to follow a simple conversation. Another example of Adela’s lack of intelligence noted by Forster in the novel is the following:
She made the remark without thinking what it meant. To her, as to the three men, it seemed in key with the rest of the conversation and not for several minutes – indeed, not for half an hour – did she realize that it was an important remark, and ought to have been made in the first place to Ronny. (Forster 62)
Again, while Adela is talking with men, she says something that does not make any sense and does not contribute to the male conversation. Forster adds that she should not have made the comment in the first place, and she should have been left out of their colloquy. Finally, the last example from the novel’s text showing Adela’s lack of intelligence was illustrated by Forster when he wrote, “The point she made was never the relevant point, her arguments conclusive but barren, she was reminded that he had expert knowledge and she had none, and that experience could not help her because she could not interpret it” (Forster 69). Forster states that

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