Who is the Oedipus character in the novel Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence?
In Lawrence's Sons and Lovers , there are arguably two Oedipus characters. In Greek myth, Oedipus's parents, Laius and Jocasta, receive a prophecy when Oedipus is born that states their son will kill his father and marry his mother. Though they send him away, he returns and carries out the prophecy (though he does not realize at the time that the man he is killing is his father and the woman he marries is his mother). In Lawrence's novel, the mother figure, Gertrude, quickly falls out of love with her lower-class, drunken, abusive husband and first turns her attentions to her older son, William. He is arguably the first Oedipal figure. He is engaged to a woman but is still very connected to his mother. After William dies, Gertrude shifts her maternal attention to her younger son, Paul, who...
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