Date of Award


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Master of Arts (MA)




Ronald Granofsky




This thesis examines three novellas by D.H. Lawrence: The Ladybird, The Fox, and The Captain's Doll, collectively referred to as the Ladybird tales. It approaches these works with the intention of demonstrating the fundamental role played therein by mythic and realistic narrative components, and also with the intention of pointing out the excessively manipulative way that Lawrence uses these components to give voice to his didactic philosophy.

In the study's Introduction, the terms 'mythic component' and 'realistic component' are defined, and their applicability to Lawrence's fiction is explained. Lawrence's own definition of authorial immorality is then explored, and the study's primary argument, that Lawrence's use of mythic and realistic components in the Ladybird tales is immoral by his own standards, is stated. Each of the three chapters is devoted to supporting this argument as it pertains to one of the Ladybird novellas.

It is hoped that this thesis will create an awareness that the world-view presented in the Ladybird novellas is not so much an integral part of the art as it is an imposition on the art by the author.

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