We have read many articles and essays that bring those troubles to limelight that are often neglected to give people an idea of what kind of a life a woman lives. D.H Lawrence has done the same by keeping the flair of creativity and novelty intact. He has written many essays but Give Her a Pattern is the one that leaves deep imperishable effect on the reader. In the essay Give Her a Pattern, the writer delves deep into the sea of arguments where he finds two souls battling against the ferocious waves of life. He meets them with immense attention and concentration. He analyzes them with a critical eye and brings their distinct features to limelight.

He begins by making a remark about the trouble that women have to face to make themselves desirable for men:

'The real trouble about women is that they always go on trying to adapt themselves as men's theories of women as they have always done.'

By using the word 'must', he diverts the attention of his readers towards the fact that men have set many rules for women which they have to abide. Men have created a pivot of obligations for women and their whole life is supposed to rotate about it. After making the remark, he is proceeding on to the justification part by bringing the shades of history in the essay. He does so to enhance the significance of the remark that he has made says that from the past days as back as Rome, men have set patterns for women and women have always followed them:

'Dante arrived with a chaste and untouched Beatrice, and chaste and untouched Beatrices began to march self-importantly through the centuries. The Renaissance discovered the learned woman, and learned women buzzed mildly into verse and prose.'

At this point, the writer has also penned down the dependence of women on men since long as women aren't ready to put off the veil of dependence.

He carries on the kernel of discussion by stating a very important fact that men are frightened of the real female as she is too strong and unyielding. She doesn't give the rope of her life so easily in the hands of a man:

'Young men are definitely frightened of the real female. She’s too risky a quantity.'

He further says that there is a certain pattern in the mind of a man to give a woman the same way as a doctor has for a nurse and businessman for a secretary:

'Capable men produce the capable woman ideal. Doctors produce the capable nurse. Business men produce the capable secretary.'

He also sheds light on the innate submissiveness of women that makes them follow what men says even if it is at the expense of their self-respect. They're even ready to follow the horrendous patterns. They prefer feeding men's ego over their own self-respect. While stating this point, author's tone gets mixed with a feeling of pity and satire:

'There is, also, the eternal secret ideal of men--the prostitute. Lots of women live up to this idea: just because men want them to.'

Lawrence then unfolds the real tragedy with women that men are ready to accept them in any abominable pattern but not as a real human being of feminine sex. He says,

'the one thing he [man] won’t accept her as, is a human being, a real human being of the feminine sex.'

The ironical part according to Lawrence is that women, when they get no acceptance from men, start living up to strange patterns. They find solace in such patterns and later on, it becomes their way to seek revenge from men, or to be precise, themselves:

'women love living up to strange patterns-the more uncanny, the better.'

He then changes the theme of discussion by informing his readers of the welter of confusion a modern man is in, when he is left with no pattern to give a woman. His confused state makes a woman frustrated and in a state of frustration, Dante's Beatrice [woman] becomes a roaring lioness.

'The chaste Beatrice becomes a roaring lioness! the pattern didn't suffice emotionally.'

Lawrence's own mother suffered, being a woman of the time, when women weren't valued by men. She was subjected to violence by her husband and it made Lawrence very sensitive towards the issues of women. This sensitivity is also reflected in his novel Sons and Lover, which encompasses around the life of Lawrence and the character of Lawrence is played by the male protagonist of the novel Paul Morrel. We can easily trace down the affinity of that novel in this essay.

Lawrence concludes his essay on a note that men can continue making women follow their reasoned line of action but then they also have to rise up to the level where they are able to give them a decent and satisfying idea of womanhood instead of throwing these trick patterns:

'If they want anything from women, let them give women a decent, satisfying idea of womanhood--not these trick patterns of washed-out idiots.'