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DH Lawrence Son and Lover Bildungsroman a form of fiction which allows the novelist to recreate through the maturing of his protagonist some of his own remembered intensity of experience Nivin Alastair pg 34 DH Lawrence re-created his own life experience through the writing of Sons and Lovers an intensely realistic novel set in a small English mining town much akin to the town in which he was raised The son of a miner Lawrence grew up with a father much like the character of Mr Morel in Sons and Lovers Morel as the father is called is an ill tempered uneducated and rather crude man A man with little ability to express his feelings to his wife and family who love him dearly despite the fact that he was seldom cordial to any of them Lydia Lawrences mother was high-minded and pious She had been a schoolteacher and had written poetry She hated dirt and drink and poverty Segar Keith pg11 Lydia met her husband Arthur at a family function and they married only a year later It was an attraction of opposites which could not last Arthur was irresponsible and poor pg11 While the two loved each other dearly their differences caused many of the problems that arose later on in Lawrences life In the novel the Mother and Father also met at a dance where Mr Morels ability to dance was natural and joyous he possessed a certain subtle exultation like glamour in his movement These features attracted Mrs Morel immediately just as Mr Morel was attracted to her because she was perfectly intact deeply religious and full of beautiful candor Lawrence DH pg 44 The Morels once married moved to an end house on hell row in the Bottoms just on the outskirts of the mine The bottoms consisted of six blocks of miners dwellings two rows of three like the dots on
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