Gender and Oedipus Complex in Lawrence's Sons and Lovers

Abstract

This study aims at exploring the perception of gender in the most brilliant novel in the English literature, D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers. In this paper, the issue of gender is contextualized in the writings of Lawrence. The meaning of gender is focused on in the novel under discussion. It describes the treatment of gender in Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers. The application of Freudian theory of the Oedipus complex is discussed as well. The paper also shows the conflict between the soul and body, mother and son, and mother and beloved.