Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wanna talk about Lavrans?

I love Lavrans, but does he seem a little too perfect? Is he really surprised that his wife wasn't a maiden when she married him? Can he really NOT be the way she wants him to be towards her in the bedroom? If our understanding of God is represented in our understanding of fatherhood what is Undset's view of God?

Sexless and naive. Yet hard-working, virtuous, kind to the weak, skeptical of frivolity. Though he does get drunk a lot.

In any case, I think it's interesting that all the sex in the book is hidden from Lavrans, but no one else.

1 comment:

mrsdarwin said...

In a sense, he's a child's idealized father. Who wants to think about her dad having sex? Even the getting drunk is harmless enough from a child's perspective, since he gets merry, not vicious.

On the other hand, I did have to sympathize with Ragnfrid. It must be hard to be married to a man who doesn't seem sexually attracted to you. Perhaps that's also a reason why Ragnfrid was happier after baby U (can't remember her name) was born (besides giving up on the punishing fasting): maybe her sex drive was lower for a time after having the baby.