“A Family Romance”: Oedipal Melancholia and Masochism in The Good Soldier

in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier
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The reliability of John Dowell as a narrator in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier has been variously discussed, however, this essay examines the reliability of John Dowell with respect to his Oedipal motivations. The fact that Freud mostly ignored the fantasies that parents direct toward their children could be one explanation for the growing interest in recent psychoanalytic research. The essay addresses the social commentary in the novel through the Freudian paradigm rather than the relationships among the characters in it.

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