passage analysis of D H Lawrence

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Throughout Lawrence’s novellas he explores many aspects of the human psyche, states of consciousness and human relationships. He endorses that relationships which originate in the ‘dark’ or subconscious aspect of the characters psyche are the most desirable, however it is through the transfiguration of the central symbols within the stories (such symbols being significant to the female protagonists as they represent their ‘dark’ attractions) it is demonstrated that such relationships are ultimately unattainable and the characters must accept an unsatisfactory compromise . Lawrence attempts to put into words what is believed to be unable to be put into words, that is, he explores the unconscious level or ‘dark’ and unspoken side of his characters minds. He captures such an unconscious mood through the rhythm of his writing: sentences move like heartbeats with each beat interspersed by individual repeated words/phrases. This gives the impression of moving into, moving through, as if the reader can sense the blood of the characters pouring-their blood being symbolic of their inner most beings and desires. This literary technique is evident throughout the passages via the repetition of phrases such as: “she was glad she was dead” and “this, that, and the other” in passage one; “Ach! Ach!”, “The way…to me” and beginning numerous ensuing sentences with the word “And” in passage two. The concept of such a relationship stemming from ones inner most primal drives or ‘id’ being unattainable is mentioned is passage one. We see through the relationship between March and Henry that although the physical sense of the ‘dark’ relationship may be attained; the emotional/psychological aspect which is also desired may never be able to be adequately fulfilled. This is perhaps due to ones natural personality traits or their biological composition: we see that the needs of our
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