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LESSON 16 - LESSON16 D.H.LAWRENCE;T.S.ELIOT...

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LESSON 16              D. H. LAWRENCE; T. S. ELIOT         Reading Assignment:         Norton Anthology , pages 2080-2108; 2136-2144; 2160-2163.        Writing Assignment:                 The ideal Lawrentian character is natural, emotionally spontaneous, capable of deep tenderness. This  type of character is often contrasted to or opposed to a mechanistic type, who shuts out all natural emotions,  "who lets 'will-power,' 'personality,' and 'ideals,' in the strongly derogatory sense. . . interfere with his proper  relation to other men and women and the universe, and who thus lacks the emotional depth and the capacity  for sincere relationships and tenderness which for Lawrence were the evidence of a connection with some  power above and beyond the individual" (W.W. Robson, "D. H. Lawrence and  Women in Love ," in  The Pelican  Guide to Modern English Literature: The Modern Age , ed. Boris Ford [Middlesex, England: Penguin Books,  1961], 295.). Very often the mechanistic type attempts to manipulate or control others.         In Lawrence's treatment of love, a theme that dominates his fiction, these two types of characters affect the  outcome of a love relationship. Two natural, ideal characters can find a kind of salvation through love, despite  the many destructive forces of modern industrialism. More often, however, because of the power of mechanistic 
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