Critical Analysis : The Rocking Horse Winner

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Critical Analysis: The Rocking-Horse Winner The short story, “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, by D.H. Lawrence tells the story of young boy named Paul whose fortune turns out to be misfortune. Lawrence focus on the idea of parental love, what we need opposed to what we want, and the dangers of an obsession. Paul’s mother, Hester, firmly believes in the statement, "If you 're rich, you may lose your money. But if you 're lucky, you will always get more money." (18) Paul’s obsessive need to earn money and be lucky stems from his mother’s same obsessions. Hester is unhappy with her marriage and her children because she is in love with money. Both her and her husband have small incomes, incomes that are entirely too small to support the life that Hester dreams of. Because of this, Paul’s mother put the entire family in debt in order to maintain the look of a wealthy family. Hester cares more about looks than real happiness. From the outside the family looks happy and full of love, but on the inside the mother is cold and distant, obviously disappointed with the life she chose. In order to win his mother’s affections, Paul starts gambling. He says, "I started it for mother. She said she had no luck, because father is unlucky, so I thought if I was lucky, it might stop whispering." (149) This is where it becomes apparent that the boy does not care about the money, only his mother’s love. Sadly, he will never get that. In the end he suddenly, “..fell with a crash to the ground, and
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