Lady Chatterley's Lover Theme of Isolation
We hate to be the ones to tell you, but poking your girlfriend on Facebook (does anyone poke anymore?) isn't the same as actually hanging out with her. Connie discovers this to her dismay when she realizes that Clifford's company isn't actually a substitute for real human interaction. Everyone in Lady Chatterley's Lover is alone, some by accident (Connie) and some by choice (Mellors). The central couple is supposed to be a model of how to find human connection in an inhuman age—not through jazz dancing or Foursquare, but real, human sex.
Questions About Isolation
- What kinds of connections are possible in the modern world? Is there any hope for meaningful relationships, or are we all just ships passing in the night?
- What effects does isolation have on people? How does being alone affect human nature?
- Is there a difference between isolation and being lonely? Do isolated characters experience a sense of loneliness in the novel?
Chew on This
The modern world's emphasis on intellect and progress has made true connection impossible, because true connection can only happen in bed.
Isolation destroys human nature by perverting people's social instincts.