The parting of the ways
The Armistice, the silence and Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End
in The silent morning
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This chapter examines Ford Madox's depictions of silences and sensibilities in Parade's End and look at how his characters respond to the noise of society and the noise of war. It explores the changes to the experience of silence that were brought about by the Armistice and crafted over ensuing years. Tietjens and McKechnie argue in the hut during the bombardment, yelling 'sharp, injurious, inaudible words' in an attempt to drown out the engulfing noise. The sudden absence of noise leaves a vacuum which silence floods to fill. The noise of war was constant. It was never all quiet on the Western Front; not in incident and certainly not in terms of artillery, aerial or small-arms fire. But the Two Minutes' Silence on Armistice Day was not based on such measured principles. Its strength is also its weakness.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy


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