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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Lady Chatterley's Lover

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

WragbyConnie obsesses over being trapped at Wragby, so it's not surprising that most of the novel is set there. Wragby is Clifford's estate. It's not much of an estate—the house isn't very impres...

Narrator Point of View

Lawrence lets us into pretty much everyone's minds: Clifford, Connie, and Mellors, of course; but also Mrs. Bolton, Hilda, Connie's father, and even the Venetian gondolier Giovanni: "he got a mate...

Genre

Romance"Romance" seems like an obvious genre choice for Lady Chatterley's Love. Connie and Oliver are almost nauseatingly in love, although sometimes that love is very poetically expressed: "But th...

Tone

Our narrator has a bit of the devil in him. Take the fact that the main character—the main character whose primary characteristic is that she takes a lover—is named "Constance." As in, "faithfu...

Writing Style

Va-what? We'll get to that in a minute. First, let's get the obvious out of the way: sometimes Lawrence really sounds like a goon. For example, he tells us, via the narrator, that Clifford "really...

What's Up With the Title?

First of all, D.H. Lawrence published this book under a few different titles, notably Tenderness and Lady Jane and John Thomas. What's the difference?Tenderness is, as you might have figured out, a...

What's Up With the Ending?

We know the story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl have wild, passionate sex. Boy and girl live happily ever after.Or not.It's a little frustrating to get to the end of Lady Chatterley's Lover and rea...

Tough-o-Meter

This isn't exactly an easy book, but it's not as difficult as some other classic works of modernist literature. The language and writing aren't hard. Charlie's rant about Bolshevism is about as dif...

Plot Analysis

Is that a very limp sausage in your pocket, or are you just indifferent to me?When the novel opens, Connie and Clifford have just made it back to Wragby after Clifford's recovery from his World-W...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

If Lady Chatterley's Lover were a fairy tale, it would start out with an evil beast imprisoning a beautiful maiden in his dark castle. Because it's modernist literature, Connie comes to live at Wra...

Three-Act Plot Analysis

Connie's youthful dreams of a happy marriage and meaningful life have come to die at Wragby, where she's committed herself forever to a bad-tempered snot of a husband, who also happens to be paraly...

Trivia

Lawrence may have based Lady Chatterley's Lover on a notorious scandal: society hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell's affair with "Tiger," a stonecarver. Juicy! (Source.)"I've not taken ten minutes on La...

Steaminess Rating

This just might be the steamiest book on Shmoop, not only for the explicit descriptions of sex but the use of the f-word, the c-word, and the … well, we guess that's it, but isn't that enough? Co...

Allusions

Socrates (4.52, 53)"where are the snows of yesteryear," Ballade des dames du temps jadis, François Villon, translated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (5.36)Henry James (6.106)"Pale beyond porch and port...
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