Elements Of Relationship In D.H. Lawrence's Works

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After spending a semester experiencing and analyzing the work of D.H. Lawrence, it has become obvious that he had several messages to convey to his audience. Through his characters, Lawrence commented on the condition of England, on social issues, and also on relationships. In his novels Sons and Lovers, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover, Lawrence reveals three important aspects of relationships, and shows his audience the devastating results when one or more of those aspects are missing. When it comes to intellectual, spiritual and sexual connections, Lawrence makes it clear that all of these elements must be present in order for a relationship to be successful; it's either all or none.

Lawrence's first example of relational incompleteness comes through Paul in Sons and Lovers. By the middle of the novel, the reader is well aware of Paul's connection to his mother, Mrs. Morel. Paul's awareness of his mother comes in the notion that ?when she fretted he understood, and could have no peace,? (51) and also in the way they act like excited ?lovers having an adventure together.? (81) Through Paul?s relationships, Lawrence reveals how ?an exaggerated intense spiritual love from the parents,? can make it difficult for the receiver of that love to cultivate healthy relationships outside the familial sphere. (Yudhishtar, 87) Because of his deep spiritual connection with his mother, it is difficult for Paul to give himself to other women, as can be seen through his relationship with Miriam. Although Paul likes Miriam and the two get along very well, his connection to his mother prevents the young man from really giving himself to her. Paul is turned off not only by how spiritual Miriam makes him (165), but also by her lack of sensuality (135). Though Paul connects with Miriam on an intellectual and somewhat spiritual level, his true dilemma comes with the fact that he can give Miriam ?a spirit love?but not embodied passion,? which is why they ?cannot love in the common sense.? (221)

The elements of intellect and spirituality are most definitely crucial to having a successful relationship. Since the bond between Paul and Miriam is created on the basis of those two components, it would make sense for them to live happily ever after. However, regardless of how deep their intellectual and spiritual connections are, the relationship between Paul and Miriam lacks the third dimension, a true physical bond, and therefore is incomplete. As Paul grows into a young man, his physical needs start to take priority over the need for intellectual stimulation. Since Paul?s need for a spiritual connection is met in his mother, and he doesn?t find Miriam sexually attractive, he breaks off his relationship with her for a more sensual Mrs. Clara Dawes. It is easy to understand Paul?s attraction to Clara, for unlike Miriam, ?he noticed how her breasts swelled inside her blouse, and how her shoulder curved handsomely under the...

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