The Impact of Oedipus Complex on Paul Morel's Personality in D.H. Lawrence's 'Sons and Lovers'


  • Fahim Cheffat Salman
  • Dr. Sazuliana Binti Sanif


The current study clarifies the effects of the Oedipus complex on Paul Morel, one of the novel's key protagonists. It also shows how the author crafts the characters. The emphasis was on the psychological variables that influenced the narration's tone. The English author of "Sons and Lovers," a work of fiction that strongly resembles Freudian concepts. With reference to the well-known play Oedipus, the well-known king describes how a son longs for his mother and begs for his father to die. This is the origin of the Freudian idea of the Oedipus complex. Here, it is explained how Paul's case reflects the Oedipus complex theory. The study's findings indicate that Paul Morel has this complex, which is why he is on his mother's side. Without his mother, who controls his thinking, he cannot design his future. His interactions with other women are solely for sex purposes. Because she does not want him to start a short-term relationship with her, Miriam, a pure and devout woman, leaves him.