Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford (Book Analysis)
Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford. It provides a thorough exploration of the novel’s plot, characters and main themes, as well as a useful discussion of Ford’s approach to narrative. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 48-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of Ford Madox Ford
- Presentation of Parade’s End
- Summary of Parade’s End
- Character study
- Christopher Tietjens
- Vincent Macmaster
- Sylvia Tietjens
- Edith Ethel Duchemin/Lady Macmaster
- Valentine Wannop
- Mark Tietjens
- Analysis of Parade’s End
- Edwardian society
About Parade’s End
Parade’s End opens a few years before the outbreak of the First World War and ends several years after the Armistice, and focuses on the experiences of Christopher Tietjens, a young British man who serves as an officer during the war, over this period. Christopher is a fundamentally upright and decent man, which leads him to protect his serially unfaithful wife Sylvia at the expense of his own happiness and that of the woman he loves, Valentine. The debates on morality, principle and pragmatism which pervade the tetralogy reflect the loss of social and moral stability felt in the early part of the 20th century as a direct result of the global conflict.
The Parade’s End tetralogy is among Ford Madox Ford’s greatest literary achievements and was adapted into an acclaimed BBC miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.
About Ford Madox Ford
Ford Madox Ford was born in 1873 and grew up in a cultured, artistic environment. Throughout his life Ford was a prolific writer of novels, poetry and criticism, as well as editor of the English Review. He is remembered in particular for his novel The Good Soldier and for his tetralogy of novels Parade’s End, and his writing influenced numerous later writers.