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An Analysis of the "Two-in-One" Relationship in Sons and Lovers

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DOI: 10.23977/langl.2024.070501 | Downloads: 13 | Views: 147


Xuefei Jin 1


1 School of English Language and Culture, Xi'an Fanyi University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

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Xuefei Jin


D.H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers is well known as a classic of English literature in many ways. This paper deals with the characters' quest for the relationship of "Two-in-One," a relationship coming from Lawrence's "dualistic philosophy," in which sexual love and spiritual love combine into a whole and individuals in this relationship get a perfect self-fulfillment. Through the analysis of the three failed relationships, one can know clearly what Lawrence's so-called relationship of "Two-in-One" is and how it influenced the individuals’ life. In Paul and Mrs. Morel's relationship, it is the incest taboo that causes the failure. In Paul and Miriam's relationship, however, it is due to the lack of physical love. While in Paul and Clara's relationship, on the contrary, it is the lack of spiritual love that results in the failure. In conclusion, each character's quest for the "Two-in-One" relationship finally causes the failure of the romances in this novel.


Quest; relationship of "Two-in-One"; Sons and Lovers


Xuefei Jin, An Analysis of the "Two-in-One" Relationship in Sons and Lovers. Lecture Notes on Language and Literature (2024) Vol. 7: 1-6. DOI:


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