Lady Chatterley's Lover
is D.H. Lawrence's most controversial novel, first published in 1928 in Italy. The first UK edition couldn't be published until 1960, and the book continues to be banned (and challenged) because of explicit descriptions of sex. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
- What is important about the title?
- What are the conflicts in Lady Chatterley's Lover? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see?
- How does D.H. Lawrence reveal character in Lady Chatterley's Lover?
- What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- What are some symbols in Lady Chatterley's Lover? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- Is Lady Constance Chatterley consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character?
- Is Oliver Mellors a worthy match for Lady Chatterley (Connie)? Do they communicate well?
- Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet? Which characters are presented in a sympathetic manner, and which ones do you actually feel sorry for?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- Why is the novel so controversial? Do you think the book should be censored or banned?
- How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
- What is the role of family and community in this novel?
- Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
- Would you recommend this novel to a friend?