The aim of this study is to point out to the significance of epiphany experienced by the character of Elizabeth in â€œOdour of Chrysanthemumsâ€ with an eye on the social realities of the time in which the story was written. With the analysis of the story, this study challenges the claims that D. H Lawrence is a sexist by feminist critics such as Kate Millet. In the line with these, after a brief information on D. H. Lawrence and his stories that are similar to â€œOdour of Chrysanthemumsâ€ and social, cultural and financial realities of British Industrial society, the story has been handled. In the end, it has been observed that by portraying the main character Elizabeth as a woman who seems to feel a sadistic pleasure in her husbandâ€™s death, Lawrence criticizes not femininity but 20th century British society which imposes unbearable responsibilities on women.
Keywords: industrialization, D.H. Lawrence, 20th century British society, social realities about women,