UnespSÃO PAULO STATE UNIVERSITYSCHOOL OF SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND LANGUAGES - ASSISDANIELE DE OLIVEIRA BUENOTHE DIMENSION OF THE FEMININE SPACE AND MORALSTRUCTURE IN “LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER”ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LITERATURE III 2019
INTRODUCTIONThis thesis aims to analyze the construction of morality during the earlytwentieth century in the light of the behavior of the main character, Constance, of thenovel Lady Chatterley (1928) by D.H. Lawrence.In order to verify some of the author's choices to deal with the literary universeof the novel, we will observe traces of the composition of the character and his attitudesof subject that reacts to the social restrictions.From the description of the novel, we will demonstrate the main notions givenhow sociohistorical aspects of the context of production and reception of the work. Evenif Lawrence's narrative is so lyrical, that the sex be described by expressions so full oflyricism and singleness that there are never any glimpses of perversions, yet thephysical loves of Lady Chatterley and Oliver Mellors caused quite negative reactions.Lady Chatterley's Lover, completed in 1928 but banned from being released inEngland, discusses controversial subjects such as adultery, politics and industrialrevolution, and one of the highlights is the relationship of the main character, LadyChatterley and Mellors, the her husband's gamekeeper.The novel was banned, among other reasons, for dealing with a relationshipbetween people of different social classes and for detailing the intimate encounters ofthe two. The prohibition left us two concerns: what was in this book that could becensored? What democracies and societies were these capable of banning books?The behavior of Constance Chatterley was also cause for estrangement. In theVictorian era, when women began to vindicate their rights and reject the role of slave inthe home, between the 'perfect woman' and the courtesan, guardian of morality andchastity, the new concept for the genre and to be seen as a threat to the virtue of 'fragile'sex.At the end of the nineteenth century, some literary characters were created withthe intention of presenting this new woman, who freed herself from mere domesticduties and found herself to be also sexual. Constance Chatterley is one of thosecharacters, which justifies the repression that the book of Lawrence suffered, since itdealt with an innovative subject by the standards of the time.
We have seen in romances and historical moments battlefields in which variousspeeches clashed. Liberalizing discourses, anti-racists, feminists and liberators weredigressing in the lands of history with conservative, racist, misogynist and oppressivediscourses.