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ltSons And Loversgt was DHLaawrences first major novelHis only major novelsome would sayI have finished reading it during the winter holidayFor I am not quite sure that I understand the novel enough to depict the complicated relationship between Paul and his possesive motherso I would like to pay attention mainly to the Part One of the novel in this reviewespecially the battle between husband and wife At the first glance of the bookwe find MrMorel a coal miner in turn-over-the-century Britainlives a life of drudgery anger and desperationHe takes his frustrations out on his wife GertrudeBut with a deeper look into the internal subtleties of marital relationshipWe can see it is both the husband and wife who are suffering and it is the vast differences in the social backgrounds divide them Walter and Gertrude encountered in a local danceLets discuss the social background of the two involved firstGertrude grew up in a steady lower-middle-class family with a strong work ethic and pride in its self-sufficiencyShe inherited most of his fathers rigid moral and religious beliefs though she also has her mothers gentlehumerous streakAs a practising Congregationalists of her dayshe disapproves of dancingfrivolity and drinkwhich Walter is a man of action rather than wordsThey were both attracted by each others difference at their first meetGertrude was fascinated by Walter who seemed as a mysterious stranger from another planet to herrough and vigorousHein turnarouses a passion in her----a woman with class culture and educationThey married and shared a brief happy unionThen follows the ever-lasting battle The first dispute between them was when Gertrude found that they did not own their house To her puritanical mindthe debt is not only shameful but sinfulIn her eyesit is a Christian duty to be financially responsible and struggling to improve the social rank of ones family while such concerns are very far from the mind of the fun-loving WalterThe couple began to battle viciously as Gertrude embarked
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