What are are some symbols in Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence?

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Sons and Lovers is replete with symbolism. Lawrence uses symbols for a number of reasons, such as probing the consciousness of each individual character, or making a statement about the relations between the classes, or showing us the dark depths of human nature. The ash-tree, for example, is used by Lawrence to show us the more sinister aspects of life, the dark mysterious forces of nature which find their way into the fractured domestic life of the Morels. It further highlights the intimate relationship in Lawrence's work between humans and the natural environment they inhabit.

This theme is further developed by another symbol in Sons and Lovers , that of the coal-pits. The story is set against the backdrop of the Nottinghamshire coal country. The mines form the economic backbone of the community, providing daily life...

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