Analysis Of ' The Riding Horse Winner '

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D.H. Lawrence’s short story, The Riding-Horse Winner examines how money and being in constant pursuit of it, can lead to destruction of self and moral character. In the narrative Lawrence introduces the readers to Hester and her family, who are in financial decline and are struggling to maintain their social status, because according to Hester, they are “unlucky.” Hester endeavors to live a life that is beyond her means and the desire to do so, is so consuming that she has no room within herself to love her three children. Paul, Hester’s only son, takes on the responsibility of being to bread winner in hopes that he can gain his mother’s attention and affection and to quiet the whispers in the house. Using symbolism, dramatic irony, tone, mood, point of view and figure of speech, Lawrence masterfully examines the theme of generosity and greed and Appearances. The Riding-Horse Winner is riddled with symbolism. Of these are the whispers. In the house there is whispering that every member of the family hears, “There must be more money! There must be more money!” Lawrence uses his alliteration to are symbolize Hester’s state of mind and her relentless greed. For Hester there can never be enough money. When she receives an influx of cash (the five thousand pounds) the whispering becomes louder. This is because with the money and what she does with it, a higher standard of living is now set and now more money is necessary for the upkeep of this new lifestyle. Also, the…
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