Communicating Door

Communicating Door

D. H. Lawrence D.H.Lawrence is one of the 20th centurys most prominent writers. A novelist, playwright, poet and artist, his impact on the way we think about love, sex, and cultural decay has been very deep. His novels and poetry explore the social ills created by the Industrial Revolution and the role of sexuality in human relationships. The dialectic between man and woman is a chief theme in Lawrences work. (From 1885 - 1912):

David Herbert Richards Lawrence was born on September 11 1885, in a small house in Victoria Street, Eastwood, near Nottingham. Lawrence's early education was at Greasley Beauvale Board School, near Eastwood. (top) Won a scholarship to Nottingham High School Made few friends, Frieda Weekley, his future wife Lawrences father was a miner Brinsley Colliery - source of the Lawrence family incom e. (bottom)

In January 1911, his first novel, The White Peacock was published. At the end of 1911, Lawrence became critically ill with pneumonia . Lawrence in Europe Lawrence and Frieda on their wedding day! Fiction The White Peacock (1911)

The Trespasser (1912) Sons and Lovers (1913) - published in Great Britain The Rainbow (1915) Women in Love (1920)- a homosexual relationship between William Henry Hocking and Lawrence. During his last years Lawrence spent much of his time in Italy making only brief visits to England, the last in 1926. He died on 2 March 1930 at Venice in the south of France. Fiction

The White Peacock (1911) The Trespasser (1912) Sons and Lovers (1913) The Rainbow (1915) Women in Love (1920) The Lost Girl (1920) Aaron's Rod (1922) Kangaroo (1923) The Boy in the Bush (1924) St Mawr (1925) The Plumed Serpent (Quetzalcoatl) (1926) Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) The Escaped Cock (The man who died) (1928/1 929)

The Virgin and the Gipsy (1930) Mr Noon part I and part II (1984) Short Stories The Prussian Officer and other stories (1914) England, My England and other stories (1922) The Ladybird, The Fox, The Captain's doll (1923) Sun (1926) Glad Ghosts (1926 The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories (19 28) Rawdon's Roof (1929) Love among the Haystacks and Other Pieces (1930)

Travel writings Twilight in Italy (1916) Sea and Sardinia (1921) Mornings in Mexico (1927) Etruscan Places (1932) Plays The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (1914) Touch and Go (1920) David (1926) The Fight for Barbara (1933) A Collier's Friday Night (1934) The Married Man (1940) The Merry-go-round (1941)

The Complete Plays of D H Lawrence (1965) Reference: http://mss.library.nottingham.ac.uk/dhlbiog-chp1.html http://www.mantex.co.uk/ou/a319/dhl-04.htm Summary Part I It was a winter day, the miners, single, trailing and in groups, passed diverging home at dusk. A woman, Elizabeth Bates, went out and watched the miners as they passed along the railway. After a moment her son, John, was called back to his

house. He was unhappy to follow his mother. The mother and son stood at the foot of the three steps looking across the bay of lines of the miners going home. Suddenly, the engine stopped opposite the gate. An old man, Elizabeth Batess father, asked a cup of te a from his daughter and talked to her about her husband s drunken behavior. She felt very bitter. Then, her fathe r left but her husband did not come home. At 4:30 She w aited for her husband to begin tea in the kitchen. She th ought her husband probably was drunk and slunk past h is own door. 4:45-- She scolded her daughter for coming tea late. Her husband didnt come home. They sat down

to tea and she felt a little angry. 5:40-- She complained o f her husbands drunk behavior and thought he was dru nk in the pub. Then, she cleaned the desk. 5:40-6:30 Chil dren played the game and the mother sewed a singlet. Her heart burst with anger at their father, who caused all three such distresses. Then, children went to bed, but t heir husband didnt come home. She was not only angr y but also fearful. Part 2 8:00 Elizabeth Bates went out and looked for her husband. She saw a pub and thought her husband maybe was in this pub. But, she didnt enter. Then, she went to John Rigleys house but he was not at

home. His wife went out to look for her husband an d Elizabeth Bates entered their house. When they came, John Rigley told her that her husband might have still stayed at the pit. Then, John Rigley conti nued to look for Walter and Mrs. Bates went home . At 9:03 She sat and listened the sound from the mine and felt uneasy. 9:45 Her mother-in-law went to keep Elizabeth co mpany. They both felt uneasy. 10:30- Matthews a nd Jim carried Walters corpse into the parlor. Walt ers mother and Elizabeth felt so sad. Then, Annie woke up and wanted to see her father, but her mot her didnt want her to go downstairs. After the colli

ers left, they stripped his clothes and washed his d ead boy. When they touched his body, they had dif ferent feelings. His mother felt the lie was given to her womb; the wife felt the utter isolation of the hu man soul, the child within her was weight apart fro m her. At last it was finished. They put clothes on him and locked the parlors door. Then, she realize d something and felt peaceful. Her responsibility n ow is to her children. Characters Elizabeth Bates -a Housewife, a tall woman of imperious mien -a handsome woman with definite black eyebrows

-a serious mother. (She doesnt allow her son to go down at w et brook.) -a pregnant woman. (She is five or six months pregnant.) -mother love. (She loves her children.) -serene/calm (When she faces her husbands corpse, she ke eps from weeping.) -pertinacious (She thinks her husband may just stay in a pub, but she refuses to enter.) -genteel (She is better educated than her husband.) -neat (When a man knocks off a vase, she picks up the broke n vase and the flowers quickly) Walter -Elizabeth Batess husband who likes

drinking -a miner -a man of handsome body (He is blond, fullfleshed, with fine limbs.) -a dead body now, half naked, all grimed with coal-dust John -Elizabeth Batess son -a small, sturdy boy of five -with silence and pertinacity (like his mother) -indifference to all but himself (like his father) (When he is sullenly struggling with the wood, her mother sees his personality from herself and his father.)

Annie -Elizabeth Batess daughter -a solicitous daughter (She shows great solicitude about her father.) -a nave girl. (She likes odor of chrysanthemum and thinks fire is beautiful.) Elizabeth Batess father - the engine-driver - a short man with round gray beard -

Elizabeth Batess mother-in-law an elderly woman about sixty years old (She has wrinkles - loves her son, Walter, as most of mothers do. Jealous toward Elizabeth, her daughter-in-law - all of her face.) Jack Rigley

a miner Elizabeth Batess neighbor a big man (He is with very large bones and his head look s particularly bony.) has a blue scar (The scar is across his temple, caused b y a wound gets in the pit.) uneducated (known from his conversation.) - Mrs. Rigley a housewife who is Jack Rigleys wife the raw-boned woman, with many children and ha s happy family

has many children and has happy family (It is fro m the shoes on the doorway uneducated (It is from her conversation.) Matthews - the manager of the pit - a short, white bearded man - carries Walters corpse Jim - a miner - carries Walters corpse Human Relationship 1. Elizabeth isolated herself from Walter.

-She was dissatisfied with her marriage. She ke pt judging her husbands indifference to all b ut himself as a drunkard since their wedding ce remony. (2321) what a fool Ive been, what a fool! And this is w hat I came here for, to this dirty hole, rats and a ll, for him to slink past his very door. (2321) what a separate stranger he was to her.Each t ime he had taken her, they had been two isolate d beings, far apart as now (2329) She saw this episode of her life closed. They ha d denied each other in life. (2330) --Elizabeth and Walter never tried to comprehend

each other caused the failure of their marriage (2329). she had never seen him, he had never seen her, they had met in the dark.Whereas he was apart all the while, living as she never lived, feeling as she never felt. (line 6) She had denied him what he was- And this had been her life, and his life. (line 4) She was a mother- but how awful she knew it now to have been a wife.how awful he must have felt it to be a husband. (line 6) 2. Elizabeth vs. her Mother-in-law

Elizabeth and Walter's mother are alike in their relationship with their children. They reveal mother love and bring great strange emotions when touching Walters dead body. For example, the mother-in-law keeps crying, but feeling the lie was given to her womb. By comparison, Elizabeth feels the utter isolation of the human soul, the child within her [is] a weight apart from her (2328). She is emotionally strong, not only protecting John and Annie, but trying to calm her mother-in-law as now Walter is dead. (2322, 2326)

However, though the children did not unite she and Walter, they are my business, as she said. At last, only the children belonged to life, this dead man had nothing to do with them. He and she were only channels through which life had flowed to issue in the children. (2399 line 5) (3) Elizabeth revealed her alienation in human relationship. Elizabeth vs. her father -She didnt expect her fathers care and

help. (2318) Elizabeth vs. her husband -She never would go into Prince of Wal es, although she knew her husband mi ght be there. (2322) Elizabeth vs. her husbands co-worker -She wouldnt think of brothering Mr. Rigley to look for husband. (2323) Thematic Analysis Elizabeths awakening after her husbands death: She realizes the failure of her marriage and starts to think

about her identity. -- p. 2329, para. 3, L 8, L10, L15 -- p. 2329, para. 4, L 7 For Elizabeth, death helps her to see the truth of the failed marriage. Chrysanthemums in Elizabeths mind: 1. Chrysanthemums and her attitude towards them --p. 2318, L1 from the top --p. 2327, L3 from the top 2. The times chrysanthemums appear bring

Elizabeth some good and bad memories -- p.2321, L3 from the top -- p.2326, para.8, L3

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