‘Sons and Lovers’ is a 1913 modern novel by English writer D. H. Lawrence. He earned a lot of criticism by this novel due to the explicit use of sensuality, which was against the conventional ideas. The novel also explores the effects of newly come modernity and industrialisation upon the characters, presenting ideas of the contemporary period. Lawrence openly discussed about arts, politics, economic growth, gender, sexual experience, friendship and marriage in his novels making it controversial as it hit the conventional ideas of the society.
The seed from which ‘Sons and Lovers’ grew had its root in Lawrence’ life itself.
The tensions between his parents is modeled in the novel through Walter Morel and Gertrude Morel. Walter Morel was modelled as Lawrence’ irresponsible collier father, Arthur. His mother Lydia as Gertrude Morel, an unhappy wife who lives through her sons. Paul could never establish a stable relationship due to his mother’s influence.
To know how far does Gertrude Morel overshadows her sons’ life and does Paul desire platonic or sexual love? Can Paul overcome his mother’s shadow even after her death?
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