This research discusses the theme of gender role and the female-male relationships in The White Stocking by D. H. Lawrence. The White Stocking is a story about relationships, and human connections are mutual, helplessly dependent upon each other and this is how the relationship progresses between Ted and Elsie. In the story, it seems to be the woman who is causing the contrast and imbalance in the relationship: it is the woman who seems to reflect the destructive nature of the inequality.
The relationship between a man and a woman is harmful and incorrect in The White Stocking. The story describes women as having deceptive feelings towards their partners. Although she is preparing the ball with her fiancé, she neglects him to dance with Sam Adams all night, which is only a harsh punishment for the emotional spirit. Elsie was not only untrue but also to Ted because she brought him on a passionate ride. In the story, it seems that women unite in their relationships, with one man, while trying to persuade or another court. By playing this kind of game with Sam, Ted, and herself, everyone is hurt and concerned with Sam’s angry emotions and feelings.
In this chapter, the researchers will attempt to reveal what role the female plays within the structure of Lawrence's female-male relationships by examining The White Stocking. The story deals with an unstable relationship between a man and a woman and end with an apparent resolution between them. For this reason, The White Stocking is an appropriate story for studying this theme.
1.2 Research Problem
The research studies the problem of the relationship between a man and a woman in Lawrence's The White Stocking. The research tries to show that the female-male relationships in the story influenced by several factors such as integrity, freedom, separate identity and other differences which led to the failure of the relationships between a man and a woman in the story. The res...