What is the theme of the book Sons and Lovers?
There are a few different themes found in D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers: The Oedipus complex, bondage, contradictions and oppositions, and nature and flowers.
The Oedipus Complex- the name comes from the Greek tragedy of Oedipus Rex. It is prophesied that he will murder his father and have sex with his mother. Sickened by the thought, he leaves his home so that it may never come true. Through an unusual series of events, it actually ends up happening. Freud argued that the Oedipus complex is a real thing and is a repressed desire for most young boys. Sons and Lovers uses this complex to explore Paul's relationship with his mother, which sometimes borders on romantic. In addition, Paul hates his father with a passion and often fantasizes about his death. Paul tries to get rid of his guilty feelings by transferring his...
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