Sons and Lovers Social Concerns

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In Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence depicts the harrowing struggles of William and Paul Morel—two workingclass sons of a coal miner and his socially and morally superior wife—to achieve maturity, financial independence, and a sense of fulfillment in life. (This great novel was so shocking and revolutionary that it was not published in Lawrence's full text until 1992.) While turn-of-thecentury England offered increased educational opportunities and the consequent hope of upward social mobility for bright sons of the working class, the Morel boys are hindered in their efforts for a better life by the unhappy marriage of their parents, which causes Mrs. Morel to have an overly possessive love of her sons, a substitute for the marital love she lacks.

Part of the originality of the book is Lawrence's genius for linking the internal struggles of family life to outward striving, including the desire...

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