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The Oedipus Complex in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers

This posting analyzes the Oedipus Complex as seen in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers.

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Sons and Lovers was the first modern portrayal of the Oedipus complex in almost classical completeness. In the novel Mrs Morel, the protagonists mother, disillusioned with her husband casts him off and takes her sons as husband substitutes. Paul Morel, D.H. Lawrence's young protagonist, treats his mother like his lover and is full of hatred for his father. Lawrence himself was a victim of a deep rooted Oedipus complex and in his 1913 novel he grappled with the discordant love that haunted him all his life-for his spiritual childhood sweetheart, here called Miriam, and for his mother, whom he transformed into Mrs. Morel. It is, as Lawrence himself wrote in a letter , a book aimed at depicting ...

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Sons and Lovers was the first modern portrayal of the Oedipus complex in almost classical completeness. In the novel Mrs Morel, the protagonists mother,Disillusioned with her husband casts him off and takes her sons as husband substitutes.

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