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Narrative Style of Ford Impressionist With Many Meanings Ford Madox Fords narrative of The Good Soldier A Tale of Passion engages you as a silent but active listener and reveals details about people acting as themselves The Good Soldier unlike what the title suggests is not a novel about war or an allegory about the defects of society traced back to the defects of human nature Rather it is a novel that depicts the defects of the human character and questions the worth of civilization through the first person narration of Fords main character John Dowell In short The Good Soldier questions how men can find a workable relationship between their instincts and civilized life Fords writing is personable which makes him a storyteller rather than a character of the book He gives details one at a time and jumps in many directions much like a story told to you By using this form of narration Ford leaves a lasting impression or series of impressions were traditional linear line narration fall short Through the mind of Dowell Ford Madox Fords creates a narrative with an impressionist structure that enables him to construct queer and shifty notions of human relationships an illusion of reality that grants motives to behavior that might otherwise appear obscure and penetrate into the symbolic meaning of the human heart Ford considered The Good Soldier as one of his best novels and piece of writing because of its structure and narrative style He felt that The Good Soldier was the best example of what he could do with writing and his sense of what a novel should contain Sondra Stang tells us about Ford The good Soldier as its readers know from Fords dedicatory letter to Stella put everything he knew about the art of the novel into one book it would be the book that would represent him more honorably and accurately than anything he had ever done However
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