Mother and Son relationship in D. H. Lawrence’s The Lovely Lady

Tobi Ete


D.H Lawrence's works represent an extended reflection upon the human relationship. In it some of the issues Lawrence explores are human emotion, liveliness, freedom, constraint and disposition. The Lovely Lady is one of his short stories in The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories written in 1924 and first published in 1928. It discusses the complex mother and son relationship like his other works. It is said that a male child has a greater attraction towards his mother and the daughter towards her father. The bond between mother and son are the world’s most beautiful and appreciable relationships that every person possesses. But in the works of D.H.Lawrence, the excessiveness of love between mother and son is being reflected. The mother and son relationships are seen as a major concern in most of the works of D.H. Lawrence. In the present study, the relationship between mother and son will be focused on in-depth. It will examine the different conditions and situations which create the bond between both mother and son in D.H. Lawrence’s The Lovely Lady.


Oedipus complex; human relationships; emotional bond

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