H. Lawrence Group
Sons and Lovers (1913)
from 1982 Penguin edition
no listed editor
had met in a naked extremity of hate, and it was a bond.
At any rate, the elemental man in each had met” (461).
to Path 2 prompts should deliver a structured, narrow argument
in only 400-500 words, one you publish on Blackboard by
11:59 p.m. on Friday. Arguments should
evince creativity and organization, support their claims with detailed
evidence ( incl. page citations), and show signs of careful revision. Remember too that whether I happen to agree or not with your thesis matters little, as long as it is sufficiently supported and logically, persuasively rendered.
Some of the strongest essays will incorporate ideas from path 2 essays written by your peers and/or pertinent path 1 discussions and topics, though neither is required.
Two: chps 1-3
one: to what qualities in Walter Morel is Gertrude Coppard originally
attracted, and does she nurture these qualities after their marriage?
two: who wins the ongoing struggle between Mr. and Mrs. Morel?
Is it a pyrrhic victory?
collier Walter Morel a sympathetic figure?
Three: chps 4-6
one: would it be inappropriate to label Paul Morel “effeminate?”
two: is the Morel family unit a strong and stable one, all
Mrs. Morel’s and Paul’s intimacy seem odd or
and contrast the types of fear most often exhibited by Paul with those
visible in Miriam.
Four: chps 7-8
- option one: trace
throughout chapter seven the many direct and indirect references to Christianity.
Look closely at not only explicit references to the religion,
but at the metaphorical use of words normally associated with this faith
(e.g. “holy,” “worship,” “annunciation”),
and the various characters’ own attitudes towards Christianity. Then,
attempt to parse out Lawrence’s own (or perhaps the narrator’s)
attitude towards Christianity throughout this chapter, particularly as the
religion is imbibed and practiced by Miriam Leivers and her mother.
- option two: do
Paul and Miriam share the same perspective on the taboo topic of sexual intercourse?
- option three: does
particular kind of love empower or weaken Paul?
- option four: compare
and contrast Miriam’s attitude towards Paul’s art
with Mrs. Morel’s attitude towards his creations.
- option five: do
Paul and Mrs. Morel share the same point of view concerning what exactly
wants of/from Paul?
- option six: what
might Paul be thinking of when he tells himself that “before
he could kiss [Miriam], he must drive something out of himself” (256)?
Dr. Paul Marchbanks