Spring 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 2 Nonfiction |

Forster’s Symbolic Form

Without form, how can there be beauty?" Fielding asks, meditating on the Mediterranean, on the middle between two lands, the East and West, those divided natures E. M. Forster beautifully reveals in A Passage to India because he creatively encircles the literal structure with symbolic form. And just as Adela's passage to India reveals the absence of form on the literal level, so Mrs. Moore's (and in effect, Forster's A Passage to India) reveals the presence of form on the symbolic level. Where there is no form, there is mortality, but where form is-- and beauty--there immortality is. Mrs. Moore's immortality comes from the form inherent in her character. All the other characters realize form in their individual degrees relative to her. And community living is fulfilled only to the extent that others realize her depth in space and her transcendence of time. But her fourth dimension remained a mystery. And the mystery yet remains; we continue to hear "Not yet" and "Not there." S

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