Sons and Lovers

D.H. Lawrence

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Perspective and Narrator

Sons and Lovers is told by a third-person omniscient narrator. Although the narration reveals the thoughts and perspectives of many characters, Part 1 stays close to Mrs. Morel's story and experiences, while Part 2 is more about Paul as he tries to break free of his feelings of entrapment among the contradictory emotions of his family life.


Sons and Lovers is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Sons and Lovers is ambiguous, suggesting that a woman's son might become the lover of another woman or that a son might become an incestuous lover to his mother. This second interpretation provides a nod toward the novel's oedipal theme, based on the myth of Oedipus, who was cursed to marry his mother and kill his father. The characters of William and Paul Morel might be viewed as both Mrs. Morel's sons and lovers.


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