Examples Of Irony In The Rocking Horse Winner

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Greed, a sin that will tear mothers from their children and families. In the year of 1926, the new founded author D.H Lawrence had witnessed many years of poverty within his own community, and even family. Having been in such a poor situation, he was inspired to write a novel to show how less fortunate families reacted to not being able to afford to live, representing how greedy they can be. Within the story, he included realistic problems that were present in 1920’s America, specifically gambling and the lust for money. In the short story, “The Rocking Horse Winner”, written by D.H Lawrence, the main theme is conveyed with two types of irony, the two demonstrating how luck and happiness do not necessarily always make a person truly happy with…show more content…
Hester knows that she is not, but she feels as if she has to appear lucky. Ironically, she really can not afford it, “At the start of the story Paul’s parents were living with costs beyond which they make in income (Stafford, The Rocking Horse Winner 1949)”. Paul’s parents, Hester specifically, would live beyond their means in order to keep up their social status. That sort of life would cause the family to face poverty despite their possessions. Their need for more money and a better way of life would stress Hester and force her son into killing himself just to try to appease…show more content…
Lawrence both dramatic and situational irony is used to convey a message and explain how this message acts upon people. This is proved by the character of Hester and her quest for money, and how ironic her outlook on life is. Her ideas would lead to the destruction of her family and herself. D.H Lawrence uses the two types of irony through characters’ speech and actions, which lead situations to unseen or opposite outcomes that are ironic to what the character actually does signify the universal truth and the moral of the story that money doesn’t create happiness and is thus explained by the use of
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