Title: Lady Chatterley’s lover.
David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. Lawrence was born in the Midland-mining village of Eastwood, Nottingham. His father was a miner and his mother was better educated and genteel. Later he escaped from the mining world through education. In 1914, he married Fried in Germany
D.H. Lawrence & Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
D.H. Lawrence was one of the most controversial English writers of the 20th century because of his being audacious in the erotic writing and original in describing sexual relationship. Many critics on D.H. Lawrence?s Lady Chatterley?s Lover have focused their attention on the novel?s social critique, gender issues, and the main characters? mental and psychological development, pointing out this novel has criticized the western industrial society and explored the ideal relationship between sexes and the irrational aspects of human mind.
About Lady Chatterley’s Lover & Plot summary.
Lady Chatterley's Lover was first published in 1928. And it?s the last long novel of Lawrence?s.
The story concerns a young married woman, Constance, Lady Chatterley, whose upper-class husband, Clifford Chatterley, has been paralyzed and rendered impotent. Though they live carelessly, Life in their splendid house is like dead as a doornail. Lady Chatterley?s sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, which arouses her passion for love and life. She often goes on a date with Mellors stealthily in his cottage and enjoys the original and energetic sexual life. Later, Constance gets pregnant and goes to Vince on vacation in order to deceive the public. At that time the gamekeeper?s undivorced wife comes back and discloses the affair between them. Constance is force to marry other man in order to give birth to the baby under the great pressure of status distance. After that, Constance goes to Scotland and Mellors finds another job in countryside, and both of them are looking forward the coming soon together.
Character analyzing--Lady Chatterley.
Connie, Lady Chattery, the main character of the novel, her emotions variation is the main clue of the whole story. She has been an unconventional woman since she was a fifteen years old girl. Before her marriage, she is simply Constance Reid, an
intellectual and social progressive from a Scottish bourgeois family, the daughter of Sir Malcolm. When she marries Clifford Chatterley, a minor nobleman, Connie gets lot of changes.
At first, she is not that women who tend to abandon her husband easily. She does not complain her paralyzed husband and company him everyday. She developed a habit of listening his husband?s handwriting every night and gets used to taking part in her husband?s so called gathering of literature in Wragby. But soon she got tired of such substantial mentality life. She gradually became negative and heavyhearted with her body getting thinner and thinner. It driving her mad, She began weeping and don?t participate the gathering any more. Everyday she wondered that whether her life came to an end.
Connie herself was not that a woman who really stood a dull and plain life though she was a lady, an upper-class woman as her natural instincts was fixed when she was a girl.
At that time, her father Sir Malcolm Reid and her sister Hilda Reid played important roles in that period for they egged Connie on finding a lover. so her first lover Michaelis, a successful Irish playwright came to her life. Michaelis asked Connie to marry him, but she decided not to, realizing that he was like all other intellectuals: a slave to success, a purveyor of vain ideas and empty words, passionless.
Then Connie turned to Mellors. She got what she wanted from Mellors that?s love. She was so lonely for a long time. She treated Mellors as her real husband even wanted to marry him or eloped. During this furtive time, her character had a great change which belonged to her nature. She was no longer the woman who wept in the living room and sighed in despair.
When Connie introduced Mellors to her sister, she showed her determination thoroughly. Hilda was not satisfied with her sister?s lover. She thought Mellors was inferior to Connie and Connie would lose everything then became a average people if Connie chose to get together with Mellors. But Connie firmly thought that she had got a real life and she would not let it go. After a deliberate travel that Connie found an excuse to travel to Venice and decided not to go back Wragby any longer.
She broke the conception?s constraint and managed to pursue freedom. It?s not a shameful thing to lust for one?s physical desire. She thought so, she did so.
My general feeling about this novel.
The book I read in the first half of this semester is Lady Chatterley’s Lover. According to literary critics, it is a book of “perverse, sensual and adultery”. What is more interesting is that Lawrence was no afraid of portraying in those unprintable words. what really interested me was the great thoughts appeared in the book. They are thoughts on love, moral, mind and so on. They inspire me to think much.
Maybe, many people, especially the male, blame Connie for her adultery with the gamekeeper, Mellors. They think she is not loyal to her marriage or her husband, Clifford. That seems to be self evident. But what I want is to expose those people to
another challenging opinion. Is Clifford loyal to Connie? I am not referring to Clifford?s relationship with Bolton, her nurse. I am referring to Clifford?s impotence. Though some may still argue, I debt most, especially the women, will admit that Clifford is not loyal to Connie. His impotency makes Connie suffer widowhood in a so called marriage. In the book Clifford is all devoted to his career and doesn’t think sex is an essential part of marriage, however, that is just his view not Connie?s opinion. It is unequal to require other people give up their innate rights for the reason that we have given up our rights.
We all admit that everyone has right to pursuit happiness, and creature comfort is also kind of happiness. Having this premise, it is not wrong for a woman, Connie, to pursuit her own happiness.
Actually, the wrong thing is their mirage. Clifford is impotent but he still marries Connie. Their marriage is doomed to be imperfect. Of course, I am not saying that impotent person should not get married. They could, but only if the couple love each other. However, that is not Clifford and Connie?s case. With such an absolutely wrong beginning, how can we demand the result to be right?