Paul Morel’s Oedipus Complex in Sons and Lovers

Haiyan LI, Rongqian WENG, Xiaojun GUO


The oedipus complex is a term that proposed by Freud, who was a psychologist in Italy. After detailing the source of the Oedipus complex and the Freudian theory of the Oedipus complex, it can be seen that the 20th century British writer Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers is the strong evidence of the Oedipus complex. The protagonist of the novel, Paul, whose behaviors reflect the Oedipus complex. Lawrence explores the twisted human nature and soul in this novel, and criticized that Modern western industrial civilization destructs natural instincts of human beings.


Oedipus complex; Sons and lovers; Tragedy of life; Abnormal love

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