Sons and Lovers Conflicts of emotions

D.H. Lawrence has been regarded as the first great writer from the industrial working class.1 He is well known for novel such as Sons and Lovers, Women in Love and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Sons and Lowers that was published in 1913 is D.H. Lawrence’s third novel and a semi-autobiography. A major theme in the novel is that of love versus lust. Paul and also his brother William are bound to two different women through sexuality motives. A conclusion made is that the sexuality is for woman and the love is for the person.
The story begins as a portrait of a family. The mother meets the man Morel who is violent and primitive. Together they give birth to three sons and one daughter. As the story progress its center stirs more and more towards Paul, who also is a semi-biographical portrait of the writer. The title is in that way not fully congenial and “Paul Morel” in which an earlier version of the novel had as a thought title would be more adequat.2

The main character Paul has very strong bonds to his mother. The tight connection seems to hinder him from deeply love other women. His feelings are unpleasantly stuck between the girl Miriam and the mother: “Paul was dissatisfied with himself and with everything. The deepest of his love belonged to his mother. “3

Some parts of the novel are not fully successful, and circa 200 pages, mostly preoccupied conversations with Miriam and variation about why they can’t go on or can’t marry, are somewhat at a standstill. His hesitation is increased when Clara awakes new strong feeling in him. Pretty much the same ambivalence will after a while turn out about Clara and their relationship.

The included self-biographical events in the novel are in this case sometimes a weakness since Lawrence is under-selective.


1. Sons and Lovers (1993) D.H. Lawrence, p. XVII (“Introduction” by Dr Howard J. Booth)
2. Ibid p. XI
3. Sons and Lovers (1993) D.H. Lawrence, p.