Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover Barnes&Nobles, 2009 ISBN: 9781411432505

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Barnes&Nobles, 2009
ISBN: 9781411432505

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Written By: D.H. Lawrence

Reviewed By: Stephanie Nguyen

Recommended Audience: anyone

During the first world war in England, Lady Chatterley’s Lover opens up to the marriage between Clifford Chatterley and Constance Reid, also known as Connie. Clifford Chatterley, who’s paralyzed waist down from his military service, is the heir to the Wragby estate. Connie is the daughter of a Scottish painter, Sir Malcolm, and is highly fascinated of the intellectual world. The two settle at the Wragby estate, which has become a place for all young intellectuals to come together. Although she is mesmerized by her environment full young scholars, her father warns her that living in an environment like that isn’t enough if it lacks sensuality. Due to Clifford’s disability, he is unable to please her sensual. Taking this into account, she realizes that her life with Clifford is what her father has warned her against.

One day, Michaelis, a playwright who is deemed an outsider by the other intellectuals at the estate, catches Connie’s eye. Suddenly attracted to Michaelis after several meetings, Connie begins to have an affair with Michaelis who is able to give her sexual satisfaction when she takes the initiative. Soon enough, Clifford proposes to Connie to have a child with another man so that the child can continue the Chatterley line. Cluelessly, Clifford believes that a small contact with another man will not come close to compare to their long marriage. Michaelis comes back for the summer and asks Connie to marry him if and only if Connie agrees to divorce Clifford. However, their relationship falters when he is aggravated that they cannot reach climax simultaneously. A traumatized Connie is put into a state of depression and becomes shriveled from inactivity. Connie loses hope for ever finding love with the opposite sex and begins to despise Clifford. Consequently, her sister, Hilda, shows up and convinces Connie to quit her caretaking duties for Clifford and to hire Mrs. Bolton, whom Clifford becomes attracted to. Eventually, on her next couple of outings, Connie and Mellor’s relationship grows and the two begin to have an affair and begin planning for a baby. By the end of the book, Mellor and Connie have ran away together leaving Clifford at the estate with Mrs. Bolton who cares for him as a parent and semi-lover.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a great read for those who love romance and deception. Throughout the book, Connie tries to find the person she can reach full satisfaction with. In addition to love , betrayal, and morals, D. H. Lawrence includes the separation of classes and how it affects society, which leads to society affecting the individual. Lawrence gives us various insights of various relationships. The novel does start off slow and may be too repetitive to a person’s liking. However, it does have a very good and complex story.

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