Commentary on Ch.1 Rainbow-by D. H. Lawrence

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The extract form the book ‘The Rainbow’ by D. H. Lawrence is taken from chapter 1. In the extract the writer explores the theme of human relationships and particularly the one between a man and a woman. He describes the wavery nature of love and fear of uncertainty through a third person narrative of Brangwen’s experience with a woman. The writer lays great stress on the ambivalent characteristics of such relationships and reflects this in the body of the prose. Lawrence is deeply concerned with his characters emotions and physical experience. The events in the story take place in a vicarage kitchen where Brangwen is anxiously sitting and observing a woman he loves. Brangwen under goes a mixture of emotions and seems to be totally ‘puzzled for her’ and the writer effectively demonstrates this when he describes the woman’s mouth as ‘ugly-beautiful’ and contradicts himself in saying that while her grey eyes smiled her mouth was displayed sadness. Brangwen seems to be under the sway of his passions and he rises to kiss against his own will. The character seems to be nervous and fears rejection and his feelings are reflected in the varying lengths of the sentences. The sentences like –‘Again he had not got her. /She turned away.’ are relatively shorter and abrupt to convey the anxiousness. Brangwen’s thoughts seem to be affected by his passions as he sees beauty in untidiness. The writer makes use of colours to describe the emotions of the charters. For instance Brangwen’s eyes are blue with passion and bewilderment while the kitchen maids eyes are black unfathomable and her thoughts appear to fluctuate in an electric manner in which she accepts and abandons the man. This reinforces the point of ambivalent love. The author also gives a detailed description of Brangwen’s physical sensations in writing: ‘He breathed with difficulty, and sweat came out at the roots of his hair, on his forehead.’ The writer also makes a lot of use of emotive language such as-‘agony’,...
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