The repetition of the opposition of singleness and commitment: "Aaron's Rod", "Kangaroo", "The Plumed Serpent"
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With a focus on the theme of repetition this dissertation tries to explicate the patterns of repetition in the leadership novels of D. H. Lawrence. In order to delineate the distinct nature of Lawrence's repetition, at first I reviewed the major points of such Western thinkers as Nietzsche, Freud, and Deleuze with respect to repetition. In regard to repetition, Lawrence distinguishes himself from other thinkers in that he develops the patterns of repetition under the framework of dualistic opposition in which the free flows of two opposing desires oscillate repeatedly between two poles without any cessation of conflict. Throughout the leadership novels, Lawrence extends the theme of the dualistic opposition from the personal realm to the political and religious realms, and the oppositions are unfolded between some spiritual leaders and their followers on the issues of human relationship, ideology, and religion. I think the tension of the repetitive opposition between a leader and a would-be disciple embodies the theme of 'singleness and commitment' in the leadership novels more plausible and tangible in a climactic manner as Lawrence advances to broader realm.