D. H. Lawrence Self Division And Distance

Mann, Arnold
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
The purpose of this paper is to study the autobiographical elements of D. H. Lawrence's short stories, focusing on the nature of the distance resulting from self division. The stories that will be discussed in this paper deal with Lawrence's younger years in Eastwood. Most of what we know of Lawrence's earlier years, his family life and outside relationships, up to the time of his elopement with Frieda Weekley, has come to us through the memoirs of Jesse Chambers. She and Lawrence grew up together in Eastwood, a small mining town in Nottingham. The Haggs family were farmers, residing outside the town area in which Lawrence and his family lived. Lawrence's father worked the mines, and like so many other colliers, found refuge in the public houses, leaving the family somewhat neglected. Lawrence's mother, during her husband's absence, invested the greater part of her energy in the children, Lawrence in particular. The mother's fear of abandonment had its effect on young Lawrence. Jesse Chambers, visiting the Lawrence home and meeting Mrs. Lawrence, wrote: She ruled by the divine right of motherhood, the priestess rather than the mother. Her prestige was unchallenged; it would have seemed like sacrilege to question her authority.
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