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Why Is the Story called Fanny and Annie?

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Why Is the Story called Fanny and Annie? For many people, the title of D.H Lawrence's short story seems to be inappropriate in relation to the story, as the title seems to infer that the two main characters in the story are Fanny and Annie. However, this is exceptionally misleading, as Annie is not seen at all within the story. Fanny, is the main character in the story, together with her fianc�, Harry. Perhaps, a more suitable title would be "Fanny and Harry" as the story chronicles their relationship. Much of the tale concerns Fanny and her feelings towards her return to Moresby and her impending marriage to Harry. The first scene is set in the local station where Harry is picking up Annie. The scene is hugely important to the book as it gives the reader certain assumptions about the two main characters, which the reader carries through throughout the story. Her entrance into the story tells the reader a great deal about her personality. Lawrence uses the colour of red and in particular the image of fire, to describe her fiery nature, " in the light of the furnace" together with, "The pulse and darkness of the red fire from the furnace towers in the sky" illustrates this point. However, when Fanny meets Harry, the author uses gloomy colours to describe the scene, "The flames had sunk, there was a shadow." ...read more.


Lizzy attitude toward her niece's predicament is displayed after Fanny has gone, " Poor Aunt Lizzie, she cried woefully over her bright niece when she had gone to bed." Fanny's relationship with her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Goodall is somewhat different, "Between Fanny and Mrs. Goodall, his mother, there was naturally no love lost." Lawrence uses Mrs. Goodall as a direct contrast to Fanny, Mrs Goodall has a distinct hate of the upper class, "She fairly hated the sound of correct English." This seems like a match made in hell, however we see that Mrs. Goodall does have a slight liking towards Fanny, "For Mrs. Goodall was impressed by Fanny - a woman of her own match" or perhaps because she had "been left two Hundred Pounds" by her Aunt Kate. This shows the reader how Fanny is perceived by other people. What the reader can deduce from this is that Fanny seems to get on with people despite the fact that she seems to look down on the residents of Moresby. Annie has a more abstract role in the story. Annie has a very small part to play in the story. In fact, we do not see her at all. However, her impact on the story is unmistakable. Annie comes from a very poor family, "she's a tanger-'s" We know her mother, Mrs Nixon is a rather evil woman, as we can see from the description that Harry is relating to Fanny, " She'd half-kill if they made a mark on the floor." ...read more.


The story written in 1921, the year women got the vote, hence, became emancipated. However, in most places, especially in the Industrial Midlands and the North, men still had a very low regard for women. Harry seems to treat women like sex objects. He is marrying Fanny despite the fact that she had already rejected him once. This means he must realise that fanny does not love him, but he still is going ahead with the wedding. This coupled with the fact that he slept with an underage girl, "That'll not get you out of it, in court" shows us that he treats women with disdain and gives them little respect. Harry, though does not seem to be bothered with the outcome of his escapades and it seems that the local community seem to believe him rather than Mrs Nixon. Lawrence is trying to show the public that if a woman had done what Harry had done then she would be labelled a "Whore" or a "strumpet" and would be ex-communicated from the community. However, men represented by Harry seem to get away with this sort of behaviour. The author is also attacking the institution of marriage. Most of the marriages in the book were false. Fanny and Harry's relationship is also seemingly doomed. In the 1920s women started coming out of failed relationships. However, the culture beforehand was just to "grin and bear it," which Lawrence is deploring. The ...read more.

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