His mother’s married life was a continued battle between with her husband. Lawrence letter to Ratchet Aunad Taylor confirms this. He describes vividly his dying mother (I wish she could die tonight).and recalls the unhappiness and tension which prevailed in the family. The short career and the premature death of William in London is the life and death of Lawrence’ elder brother. Paul is Lawrence himself, Miriam is Jessie Chambers. The lives of the miners in the Nottingham coal mines is faithfully portrayed in the novel and innumerable little incidents in the story are taken from the novelist own life. Lawrence had two sisters and his fictional counterpart Paul has one Lawrence himself became a writer while Paul achieved distinction as a painter. Paul Morels relationship to himself and his art is less apparent to the reader than his relationship to the woman in his life namely his mother and Clara Dowes. . All the formative influences in Paul’s life radiates from his mother. The emotional bondage between the mother and the son becomes evident when Mrs. Morel tells her son that she had no husband at all, Paul naturally becomes his substitute. Paul says “I am the man in the house “. The Snake and the “The Sons and the Lovers are to be compared on the basis of the view of sex. Alfred Klifner discusses the Oedipal Elements in the novel. Sex, in Lawrence opinion is of sovereign importance. When we examine the poem Snake we can see Freudian aspects of love in it. He, like fraud attached importance to the role played by the unconscious. The men and woman in his works are jets of emotional energy drawn from the vast dark side of unconscious impulse. He...
Autobiographical elements in D.H. Lowrence’ "The snake & sons and lovers"
Writer of passion, he represents a romantic strain in novel; perhaps his works belong to the prophetic order than aesthetic. They expose with tenacity the primacy of man’s primitive impulses and the benignity of the natural life. Sigmund Freud viewed art as a “substitute gratification “ or in other words fulfillment of ‘libidinous desires “. Here is an attempt to bring out such elements from the work of D H Lawrence by comparing his famous poem “The Snake and the novel Sons and Lovers.”. These two works can be analysed on the basis of psychological approach to literary criticism D H Lawrence feels that art is an ‘experience ‘and puts him in the tradition of those writers who feels that the richness of a work of art may be measured by the completeness and intenseness of the felt life.
Graham Hough claims that for Lawrence, form is the embodiment of an experience and a form not lived through an experience was impossible for him”. This conception of art places Lawrence outside the tradition represented by such writers as Henry James, Flaubert and Joyce. There writers hold the idea that the artist must remain detached from life in order to see it clearly. On the other hand Lawrence art is more kinetic. Thus Lawrence is a writer who put his being and thoughts into his artistic works more than any other famous English writers.