Character of Hester in Lawrences The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

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Character of Hester in Lawrence's The RockingHorse Winner Hester is one of the main characters in D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” The story describes a young boy, Paul, who tries to win his “mother’s love by seeking the luck” (Kaplan 1971), which she believes she does not possess. Lawrence “condemns the modern notion that happiness and luck come from the outside, rather than from within; that happiness must take the form of money and goods rather than the erotic, parental, and filial love” (Kaplan 1972). The story is an “ironic and materialistic tragedy” (2). Many characteristics of Hester are revealed as she begins to realize that her luck, which she believes she does not have, starts to come back all because of her …show more content…
Paul and Uncle Oscar’s conversation about the mother suggest that if she did know Paul was lucky, she would take complete advantage of that. What Paul does not realize is that, his mother has already taken advantage of him because she wants more and more money. She cannot get enough of it. Paul felt that if he was lucky, then the house just might stop whispering. The mother’s greed gets stronger and more powerful. Paul makes and “intuitive connection between his mother’s inability to love him and house’s insistent demands” (858). He mistakenly believes that, if he can bring the house enough money, all would be well.This implicates that the mother’s influence on Paul had made him give more and more gifts to his mother. Hester also becomes sexually frustrated, “she had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her” (Kaplan 1972). She feels not fulfilled, but violated.

Not only does the mother exemplify greed; she also reveals her selfishness. Hester is a selfish woman who blames her husband for not having any luck. Hester’s talent for drawing is another gift that she declines with her belief that she is unlucky. A “young woman artist earned several thousand pounds a year” (858), but mother only made several hundreds. Mother is dissatisfied here because another woman makes more, and she cannot stand the fact that someone is making more money than she is. This dissatisfaction reveals
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