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Title: Tragedy and passion : the fate of the individual in the drama of D.H. Lawrence
Author: Al-Hamad, E. A.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2000
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D.H. Lawrence's plays must not be ignored as dramas or considered experimental in a genre for which their author had certainly had a remarkable sympathy, or even footnotes to his fiction. Lawrence perhaps did not write dramas that would adhere to the taste of the age, but his efforts in struggling against the conventional rules of theatrical construction are certainly undeniable. He was keen to enforce his own theatrical visions and patterns. His plays show a dramatist willing to use the theatre for communicating his visions and providing an authentic strength to life or lives lived by highly emotional and passionate characters, in place and time. Lawrence's theatrical progress is certainly methodical. He was consciously following a pattern which is in itself a demonstration of his passion and enthusiasm for creating some forms that would work for humans and human interest. The plays cared for the vitality and vividness in characters as much as they cared for sincerity, truthfulness and integrity in human relationships. In the 'colliery' plays: A Collier's Friday Night, The Daughter-in-Law and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, the passionate and the emotional possessiveness. Traces of tragedy are present in the play The Merry-Go-Round a play intended to present the Capital/Labour conflict as futile and fruitless. This 'epic' style is moved forward to serve some critical and social issues such as 'strike' in Touch and Go and also to serve 'religious' and biblical concerns in David. The Fight For Barbara and Touch and Go are examples of well-made plays. Theatrical soliloquies and symbolism are used to draw out penetrating psychological responses from the audience. The Married Man is a play about youth people and youthful doing and young people, struggling to be whole and one in love and marriage. Lawrence's plays are certainly worlds of integrity, wholeness, sanity, struggle and suffering in individual, emotional and social terms. The aim is to alter and change the conventional and the established through suffering, acting, reacting and creating real and passionate tragedies instead of futile disasters, in life. The plays are theatrical, meant for the theatre and devoted to human suffering, living and creating. They are all about action and reaction, and this is one thing that makes them lively at all times.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.635676  DOI: Not available
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