Departmental Bulletin Paper D.H. Lawrence's "Tenderness"

中山, 本文  ,  Motofumi, NAKAYAMA

Probably it is at the writing of The Rainbow that Lawrence began to have more critical conception of mechanism, materialism, and idealism. Here exists the reason why he split The Wedding Ring into the two works: The Rainbow and Women in Love. The tragedies of Skrebensky, Gerald, and Clifford mirror the author's irritation against those living unconcernedly in society imbued with established mechanism. That is why we the reader sometimes have a stronger impression in existence from Gerald and Clifford rather than from Birkin and Mellors. Such restiveness of his led him to the creation of the so-called leardership novels: Aaron's Rod, Kangaroo, and The Plumed Serpent. Although his sense of helplessness was intensified against the serious situation under which our life is put, the visit to the Etruscan places inspired him to have a vision of life inherent in us human beings. The life portrayed on pots, urns, vases, or walls of the tombs were filled with vividness and life warmth.The research efforts here are directed to scrutinizing anew how pessimistically Lawrence looked upon the reality of society and tracing how "tenderness" is described through the characterization of Birkin, Mellors, and Connie.

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