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The characters in Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence and the characters in What Maisie Knew each have a special meaning They all seem to be interwoven with one another portraying a new cycle in another characters life For instance in What Maisie Knew Mrs Wix was introduced in my opinion at a time when Maisie needed a mother figure Also Sir Claude is introduced when she seems to need a father figure On the other hand in Sons and Lovers there are not very many new characters introduced However the ones that are introduced seem to want to try and break the bond that Paul and his mother have Thus James and Law rence seem to be using similar themes with different surroundings and events Although the circumstances are different Henry James and D H Lawrence characterize the children as being Impoverished Henry James in his novel What Maisie Knew portrays the main character Maisie as being impoverished emotionally The emotional poverty that Maisie experiences in her life exist because of her parents extremely vicious hatred for each other They use Maisie as a vessel for bitterness 13 To Beale and Ida Maisie was just a tool that they used to hurt the other person Eventually Maisie figured out that they were using her to be the bearer of brutily hateful messages Consequently she learned not to deliver such messages This made her parents very angry and they decided that she had grown incredably dull Thus Maisie realized They had wanted her not for any good they could do her but for harm they could with her unconscious aid do each other Unfortunately Maisies emotions were of no concern to either parent As a result Maisie seldom experienced any meaningful affection from either of her parents Furthermore on the rare occasions when Maisies mother embraced her it was performed without any affection or it is so convulsive that it makes
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