An Interpretation of "Last Words to Miriam - D. H. Lawrance" Essay
Jeet Kumar Gupta
D. H. Lawrence's Son's and Lover's is a study of human relationships. Gertrude Morel, because of her turbulent and odd relationship with her husband, ends up developing deep emotional relations with her two eldest sons'. The second eldest in particular, Paul, is the receiver of most of this deep emotion. Because of these feelings and the deeper-than-usual emotional bond between the two, Paul has difficulty being comfortable in his own relationships. Paul's relationship with Miriam is plagued by his mother's disapproval, jealousy, and Miriam's own spirituality.
Paul's relationship with Miriam is one where the love is not allowed to flourish. Although …show more content…
You yielded, we threw the last cast,
And it was no good.
You only endured, and it broke
My craftsman's nerve.
Here Lawrence is talking about his breaking away with Miriam because of his mother. She never liked Miriam and was jealous of her. Lawrence refers to Miriam as his craftsman's nerve because of the inspiration that she gave him to write.
You (his mother) yielded, we (Paul and Miriam) threw the last cast. You (his mother) only endured and it broke my craftsman's nerve (Miriam).
He says that his mother was the reason because of which he gave his relationship with Miriam the last test. The relationship could not pass the test and everything shattered to pieces.
No flesh responded to my stroke; So I failed to give you the last
Fine torture you did deserve.
Paul has begun to realize how much his mother affects his life. Her deep love for him has made her a part of himself that when he wants to break free from his mother, he is unable to get away from her.