Class Conflict in D.H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers

1775 Words Nov 10th, 2012 8 Pages
Literatures In English

Name: Ramona Roberts Grade: 13R Teacher: Ms. D. Campbell

“Sons and Lovers as a novel epitomizes the conflict between the unskilled, ‘ill- educated’ working class and the rigidly moral, emotionally and sexually inhibited middle class.”

D.H. Lawrence was one of the first modernist novelists to be passionately involved with his characters. Among the proletarian novels in
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Morel ceases to be a caring husband. His cold and callous being is showcased when he threw her out while she was pregnant. When Paul is born, Mrs. Morel is determined to make him feel loved so as to compensate for his unwanted conception. Paul is a feeble, oversensitive child, who seems to be living proof of the shattered love of his mismatched parents. When the novel begins we see the Morel’s marriage decimating or in some regards, decimated. Gertrude finds herself intellectually, socially and emotionally betrayed. She then turns to her growing children, sons mainly, or comfort, hope and companionship. This contributes to the Oedipal theme in the novel. Suggestive of the title, Mrs. Morel regains her Lover in her sons, she finds them as a substitute for her inefficient and incompetent husband. The proletarian poverty and misery determines the other relationships in the novel, whether are mother –son, father-son or man-woman relations. William, the eldest son, is the favorite of the family. He's a great athlete, student, worker, and companion. He lands a good job in London and gets caught up in the exciting urban life. The sons grew up with the mother as the centre of their lives and reciprocate her love to the extent of refraining from normal sexual relationships with other women. William, however, becomes engaged to Louisa Lily Denys Western, a young woman who is beautiful but not bright.
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