Discussion Questions: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Alas, we have come to the penultimate post for the Summer 2010 LT Classics Challenge! Fortunately, we have D.H. Lawrence to, ahem, comfort us in our time of need. We will discuss Lady Chatterley’s Lover next Thursday, but for now, here’s some food for thought. As always, feel free to pick and choose as you like when discussing next week or to bring up something you found particularly remarkable.
1. In Clifford and Oliver Mellors, we have two men representing the future and the past, the upper class and the lower class, the feminized male and the macho man, the intellectual and the ordinary thinker, the incomplete and the perfect. They are created as complete opposites of each other in almost every way. What do the choices Connie makes between these two from the start to the end of the novel say about her? And what point do you think Lawrence was trying to make?
2. How does Connie change over the course of the novel? How are her core values altered and why do you think they are?
3. Why do you think Mellors constantly switches back and forth from “proper” English to some form of brogue? Does it represent something more about him or is it merely an affectation or an act, as Connie seems to think?
4. This is a novel that is best remembered for its raunchiness, but it seemed to me that it was more a social treatise with the saucy bits thrown in to garner readership. In between the sex and thinking about sex, the characters are far more likely to monologue about social ills or how society is changing than anything else. What did you make of this? Do you think Lawrence accurately reflects the English countryside of the 1920s in this way?
See you next week, Challengers!