Marriage Reflection in “Odour of Chrysanthemums” by D. H. Lawrence



This essay focuses on the gradually changeable relationship between the husband and wife, and the influence of this relationship on their marriage, their children and even the whole family. It also discusses the essence of marriage and the maintenance of a perfect marriage. Lawrence’s social consciousness and blood consciousness are embodied in the short story and if the two can’t be balanced, it will result in an unhealthy and sick relationship. Even though her husband died, life has to go on for she has her responsibility as wife and mother.


Odour of chrysanthemums; D. H. Lawrence; Marriage reflection; Dead relationship

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