Paul's Case & the Rocking Horse Winner Essay examples

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“Paul’s Case” and “The Rocking Horse Winner” After reading “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather and “The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H Lawrence the reader can realize these stories are warnings against materialism and the longing to have it all. Two different characters both by the name of Paul face a difficult situation, the desire to acquire more money. A substantial number of outside forces of both characters lead them to believe they need more than they already have. While feeling alienated the boys do harmful things to their body in order to feel accepted. Finally, because of the lack of money both Paul’s demoralize their character by lowering their values in seeking out the desired money. With substantial outside forces …show more content…
While understanding from his mother that money is everything he becomes intrigued by the word “luck.” During the beginning of the story Paul’s mother explains her interpretation of what luck is “It’s what causes you to have money. If you’re lucky you have money. That’s why it is better to be born lucky than rich; you may lose your money. But if you are lucky, you will always get more.”(805) With his mother’s understanding of “luck” Paul then believe that he too, is lucky, not like his father. With the false interpretation he allows himself to fall deep into the obsession of gambling. His mother made it clear to him that she was very upset that by marring his father, she became unlucky “I used to think I was before I married. Now I think I am very unlucky indeed” (806) Paul wanted more then ever after this to prove his mom wrong and show her he was lucky, in hope of one day truly feeling accepted and loved by her. With different emotions tangled up inside Paul from the word “luck“, he feels he needs more then what he already has. While being surrounded in two different environments the separate Paul's begin to feel alienated and isolated in their own distinct ways. These emotions consume these boys and lead them to do harmful things to themselves. The division in age does not stop the crippling effect placed on each boy from their actions. Paul from "The Rocking