In our conclusions to Chapter 3, we pointed out that Lawrence’s ideas about gender, and the quest for reconciliation between male and female principles, are part of an all-embracing theory which he explains in terms of cultural and social history. We have also found several situations where the characters are subjected to external – social and environmental – pressures to conform. The individual must fight, or reach an accommodation with society, in order to survive. For example, we have seen Paul Morel struggle with the male gender role of a ‘young husband’; Tom Brangwen becoming aware of an infinite world beyond his dull round of day-to-day work as a farmer; and Anton Skrebensky dedicating himself to the service of ‘duty’ and ‘country, sacrificing his individuality in the process.
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