Feminism In Lady Chatterley's Lover

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D.H. Lawrence in his famous novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, establishes a connection between the sexual awareness that people possess, and the profound changes this awareness has on the society. Kate Millett also constitutes an analogous link between the two, discussing ‘the celebration of sexual passion for which the book is so renowned’ (335). They both highlight the shift in change of the attitudes towards sex that is occurring in society. It is no longer based solely for reproduction purposes, but also for the libido and desires that people feel. Sexuality now plays an important role in the transformation of the norms of society. It was a culture heavily based on following patterns; of no sex before marriage, and if it were not for reproduction purposes or to fulfil a man’s needs, it was out of the question. But now the sexual desires and awareness, in particular of women is of a great significance. Lawrence, through his character of Connie, focuses on how women are gaining more control over their own sex life, often having affairs when their own partners cannot satisfy them. The transformation of oneself through sex is a principal motif that progresses throughout the novel. With women’s positions to men in society being secondary, it plays an important part in this radical change in society. Millett’s Sexual Politics is a strident indictment of the status of males and females under a patriarchal ruling. He scrutinises how women were treated in literature and art, and his

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