THE PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE IN D. H. LAWRENCE’S WOMEN IN LOVE

  • Sajjad Ali Khan Assistant Professor of English, GC University, Lahore
Keywords: Love, Sexuality, Individuality, Man-woman, relationship, Development

Abstract

The nature of the idea of love, its meaning, its creative possibilities and their realization in terms of man-woman relationship is a central concern of this research paper. It is argued that Love is the expression of the potentiality of men and women which keeps them most interested in each other. Lawrence’s philosophy of love is linked with the process of development of the individual. It is preoccupied with the uniqueness of the individual. Lawrence exposes the potential dangers to individuality in the old idea of love and repudiates the conventional mode of expression. In Women in Love, the destructive relationship of Gudrun Brangwen, an artist and later a teacher, and Gerald Crich, an ambitious industrialist, have been contrasted with Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual, and Ursula Brangwen, a teacher. Why does one couple end up in a destructive disunion, and the other in harmony accord with one another in spite of their differences? Lawrence employs sexual love as a means of dispelling shame and sexual perversion associated with the vision of the body. Lawrence envisages mind as a wedge between the primordial union of the senses and the creative darkness of the soul. It is argued that the mystery of love may not be resolved by knowledge alone but must be aided by the magic of emotions and knowledge of the other in one’s essence. An experience of love focuses upon the pulse of the heartbeat spanning the remotest regions of the Unknown. The intuitive perception of the emotional understanding of life hopes to bridge the gap between ‘being and nothingness’.

Published
2019-01-30