The Good Soldier

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Suggested Essay Topics

Writing Help Suggested Essay Topics

Examine Dowell's perception of religion in The Good Soldier. How does he use it to explain or excuse accountability?

What does it mean in the novel to "have a heart"? Discuss Ford's metaphor and why certain characters feign their condition.

What rhetorical and narrative techniques does Ford employ in his novel? How do they affect the novel's overall narration?

Compare and contrast Florence and Leonora. How do the two women approach power in their marriages? How does Dowell's opinion of them differ?

What does it mean to be "normal" in the novel? Does Dowell consider the state of normality to be positive or negative? Why?