D. H. Lawrence Essay | Myths and Legends in Modernism

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Myths and Legends in Modernism

Summary: The Modernist writers D. H. Lawrence, in his novel Sons and Lovers, and James Joyce, in his novel Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, successfully use ancient myths and legends to explain the darkest secrets of the human subconsciousness. Lawrence uses the myth of Oedipus to reveal the split consciousness of a man who lives under the dominance of his mother. Joyce, meanwhile, uses an allusion of the mythological craftsman Daedalus and the disastrous fall of his son Icarus in order to present the life and ill fate of an artist.
Myths and Legends in "Sons and Lovers" and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

The Modernist writers D. H. Lawrence and J. Joyce were primarily interested in the psychology of the modern man and the mystery of the human mind. They go back to the old myths and legends, thus trying with the help of these ancient archetypes to explain the darkest secrets of the human subconsciousness. For these reasons Lawrence in his novel "Sons and Lovers" uses the myth of Oedipus in order to reveal the split consciousness of a man who lives under great dominance of his mother, while James Joyce in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" creates an allusion of the mythological craftsman Daedalus and the disastrous fall of his son Icarus in order to present the life and ill fate of an artist.

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