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English Language and Literature


Ozzie Mayers


This thesis, as the title states, is a study of the gender polarities and balances in D. H. Lawrence's life and philosophy, especially as evident in Sons And Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. It begins by examining and critiquing Kate Millett's criticism of Lawrence as written in her 1970 work Sexual Politics. It then moves to Elaine Showalter's use of Edwin and Shirley Ardener's "wild zone" theory, using this feminist theory as a means of more fully understanding the often polar relationship between man and woman, intellect and emotions, and mind and body. After this,the thesis applies this theory to Lawrence's own life, examining the existence of stereotypically male and female roles in his life. Finally, it turns to Lawrence's first major novel, Sons And Lovers and his final novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover , examining the polarities and balances of sex roles and behaviors in each. In addition, the thesis also examines the close parallels existing between the protagonists in each novel.