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There can be no argument that D H Lawrences Sons and Lovers is a study of human relationships Gertrude Morel because of her turbulent and odd relationship with her husband ends up developing deep emotional relations with her two eldest sons The second eldest in particular Paul is the receiver of most of this deep emotion Because of these feelings and the deeper-than-usual emotional bond between the two Paul has difficulty being comfortable in his own relationships Pauls relationship with Miriam is plagued by his mothers disapproval jealousy and Miriam s own spirituality Pauls relationship with Miriam is one where the love is not allowed to flourish Although there is no doubt that there is love between the two the forces around them create tension that suppresses it Miriam believes herself not nearly as beautiful as she really is Because of this she is always looking for things to love her In the case of Paul she believes that if Paul was to need her if she could take care of him if he could depend on her if she could as it were have him in her arms how she would love him137 However this is never allowed to happen Pauls mother Gertrude already occupies this space in his life Thus the relationship between the two is a struggle for an identity The relationship is a struggle between Paul and his mother and Paul and Miriam The main conflicts between Paul and Miriam are between physical-spiritual differences and his mother Miriam holds spirituality very close to her Thing with Miriam are always on a very spiritual level Lawrence showed this sometimes with depictions of flowers Paul has other needs that Miriam herself feels that she could never fulfill You make me feel spiritual and I dont want to be spiritual 190 Eventually Miriam introduces Paul to Clara to hopefully fulfill these needs Pauls mother is also
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