H. Lawrence Group
Sons and Lovers (1913)
from ______ Penguin edition
edited by _________
“That's what one must have, I think . . . the real, real flame of feeling through another
person -- once,
only once . . . the something big and intense
that changes you . . . (386-87).
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.
Five: chps 9-10
- option one: in
chapter six, William critically compared his girlfriend with his mother,
noting that Miss Louisa Lily Denys
Western is “‘not
serious, and she can’t think’” (148). In the chapters that
follow, does Miriam exhibit these same two qualities that Paul and William
so value in Mrs. Morel—seriousness and intelligence?
a bit crazy by sexual desire, a frustrated Paul tells Miriam that she can “never
like things without clutching them as if you wanted to pull the heart out
of them? Why don’t you have a bit more restraint,
or reserve, or something?” (267-68). The narrator explains that Paul
barely knows what he’s saying (268). Is he, however, correct in his
estimation of Miriam? In your response, draw on the rest of chapter nine.
- option three: what
does Miriam love about Paul? Why does she want to be with him?
- option four: recall
the Leivers boys’ mixed response to
and Mrs. Leivers’s way of mystically “exalt[ing] everything
. . . to the plane of a religious trust” (182, and see 182-84). Does
Paul himself eventually share this same attitude towards these two women,
- option five: why does Mrs. Morel not like Miriam? With what type of
woman would she like Paul to settle down?
- option six: recall why Paul felt so conflicted towards Miriam
earlier in their relationship (307-308), and attempt to explain why the desired
change only temporarily improves matters, and may actually hasten that
crisis in their relationship with which chapter ten ends.
Six: chps 11-12
one: at the conclusion of chapter ten, Clara told Paul “[Miriam]
doesn’t want any of your soul communion. That’s your own imagination.
She wants you” (339). Do the events of chapter eleven prove Clara correct?
Does Paul make frequent, erroneous conclusions about what Miriam wants from
him, or is he, in the main, correct about her?
response: here is a (rare) chance to use the first-person singular and
directly express your own thoughts about an issue. Support
or undercut Paul’s claim about sex in the following passage: “‘Don’t
you think we have been too fierce in our what they call purity? Don’t
you think that to be so much afraid and averse is a sort of dirtiness?’” (343).
exactly does Miriam’s gaze “not let [Paul] forget” whenever
they are kissing (347)? Do her efforts remain efficacious in the more
intimate form of intimacy that follows?
a single passage (paragraph?) of free indirect discourse—one
that tracks the rapid and seemingly haphazard movement of a character’s
mind—and dissect it. Analyze how that character’s mind is
moving. Possible passages: Miriam (264-65), Paul (340), Miriam (347).
Miriam (361-62), Paul (363).
what the narrator likely intends in one of the following, enigmatic phrases:
description of Paul’s difficulty uniting “the living
self” with “the shell” (372).
response to Clara: “‘If they knew, they’d
cease to understand. As it is, they do understand, and they like
- Paul’s claim that “‘That’s what one must have,
I think . . . the real, real flame of feeling through another person – once,
only once, if it only lasts three months . . . the something big and
intense that changes you when you really come together with somebody
else. It almost seems to fertilize your soul and make it that you can
go on and mature’” (386-87)
Week Seven: chps 13-15
one: consider closely the very different after-the-fact
reactions of Paul and Miriam to their sexual experiences together. Does Lawrence
seem to be suggesting that the experience of sex is a profoundly different
thing for men and for women, or are the differences here evident more a product
of two different personalities?
two: explore a
few possible answers to the question of what exactly Paul has come into
contact with through sex:
what is this “tremendous living
flood” and “magnificent power” (430)? Is it fundamentally
different from the “something great” which Clara wishes to permanently
three: why does it
irritate Clara “to see [Paul] standing gazing at the
sea, like a solitary and poetic person” (434)?
four: discuss the
symbolic importance of Paul’s comparisons between Clara
and various elements in Nature (435)
five: in what ways does the narrator subtly critique Paul in this chapter?
whom does Paul ultimately achieve greater intimacy, Miriam or Clara? Be sure
to provide an operational definition of “intimacy” in
motivates Clara to visit Dawes? Is this a moral, practical, or emotional
the irony in Paul’s reflection that his father, Walter
Morel, “never thought of [his wife] personally” (488).
Paul think equally well of men and women? Do his sharply diverging assumptions
about the nature of men and the nature of women constitute sexism?
"The Kiss" (1895)
Dr. Paul Marchbanks