Human Character In The Good Soldier

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Representation of the Human Character in the “Good Soldier”
Just as Virginia Woolf’s essay “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown” uses the setting of a train carriage to show how “human character changed”, in Ford Maddox Ford’s The Good its narrative, but the novel itself becomes a train-like vehicle for discussing the representation of character. Ultimately, the novel embodies the constant journey that is human character, which must be interpreted and conveyed by the reader and novelist as they climb on-board. In The Good Soldier the train represents the fragmentary nature of character and provides and red” (50). His impressions are brief and fragmented, the conjunction “and” emphasizing the multiplicity of colors flickering before his eyes. Furthermore, the passages recalls Ford’s notion of “Impressionism” as a “thing altogether momentary”, existing “to render those queer effects of real life, that are like so many views seen through bright glass – through glass so bright that whilst you perceive through it a landscape or a backyard, you are aware that, on its surface, it reflects the person behind you” (“On Impressionism” 263). Similarly, whilst Dowell describes glimpses seen through the “glass” of the train window, he is also aware of his wife’s reflection on its surface, The Soul of London 120). Dowell uses this method window, human character changes when viewed from different positions. Consequently, as “the perfect symbol of modern fragmentation” (Haslam 190) the train
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