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  1. Excerpt's from D.H. Lawrence's work
  2. Thesis statement
    1. The modernism model
    2. The concept of modernism
    3. The cultural consciousness
    4. The death of Walter
    5. Elizabeth's description
    6. The growth of female writers such
    7. Elizabeth's reaction to her husband's death
    8. The juxtaposition of Elizabeth's calm
  3. Conclusion
  4. Bibliography

The modernism model challenged pre-existing socio-cultural norms and was exemplified by the discussion of social relationships in early twentieth century literature. This paper examines the interrelationship between D. H. Lawrence's Odor of the Chrysanthemums and modernism and submits that D.H. Lawrence's depiction of Elizabeth and Walter's marriage through death reinforces the modernist concept of self awareness and identity; which in turn fuelled the redefinition social behavior and relationships under the modernism paradigm. The concept of modernism developed from refutation of creationism and reinforced self identity and self consciousness as a form of expression. Moreover, the modernism paradigm is inherently intertwined with culture and Eysteinsson and Liska argue that in terms of literary criticism, ?modernism constitutes one of the most prominent fields of literary studies today? (Eysteinsson and Liska, 2007:1).

[...] Lawrence brings out previous social taboos, which further reflects the concomitant impact of modernism on the social fabric. Moreover, from a modernist perspective of marriage, Elizabeth's silence and indifferent calm, suggest the ?impossibility of connection between man and wife? (Gillies & Mahood, 2007:48); as highlighted by the example of her reaction to the vase being knocked off the table: of the men had knocked off a vase of chrysanthemums. He stared awkwardly, then they set down the stretcher. Elizabeth did not look at her husband. [...]


[...] Lawrence's Odor of the Chrysanthemums and modernism and submits that D.H. Lawrence's depiction of Elizabeth and Walter's marriage through death reinforces the modernist concept of self awareness and identity; which in turn fuelled the redefinition social behavior and relationships under the modernism paradigm. The concept of modernism developed from refutation of creationism and reinforced self identity and self consciousness as a form of expression. Moreover, the modernism paradigm is inherently intertwined with culture and Eysteinsson and Liska argue that in terms of literary criticism, ?modernism constitutes one of the most prominent fields of literary studies today? (Eysteinsson and Liska, 2007:1). [...]


[...] T this end, Gillies and Mahood assert that ?like the novels for which he would later become renowned, his short stories explore the complexities of forging relationships between men and women during a period of changing social expectations and opportunities? (2007, p.49). The above analysis highlights that discourse on early twentieth literature is imperative in consideration of the evolution of modernism and its concomitant impact on traditional socio-cultural models. The interrelationship between literature and modernism is further exemplified by the passage from the Odor of the Chrysanthemums referred to in this paper, particularly in demonstrating the intimate concept of [...]

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