The Rocking Horse Winner By. Lawrence

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Many middle-class Americans would agree that there has been a time in their lives when they have felt a “grinding sense of shortage of money” when examining their personal finances (Lawrence 1). D.H Lawrence’s short story, “The Rocking-Horse Winner” was originally published in July 1926, in a magazine called Harper’s Bazaar. The odd short story includes elements of fables and fantasies presenting morals and somewhat magical powers. Lawrence describes the downfall of an English family who focuses on money and luck rather than love and appreciation. Paul, the only son, searches to find luck to make Hester, his mother, satisfied. With the help of Oscar, Hester’s brother, and the Bassett, the family’s gardener, Paul discovers how he can win money through horse-racing so he can give it to his unsatisfied, unhappy mother. Lawrence uses characters, literary devices, and forms of irony to show Paul’s unrealistic quest for luck, which is driven by his own mother’s self-consciousness and personal greed.
The story essentially revolves around Paul and Hester. She imprints an impossible mission on Paul to find luck. Hester and Paul discuss luck when Paul is very young, Hester states, “[luck] is what causes you to have money. If you’re lucky, you have’s better to be born lucky than rich. If you’re rich, you may lose your money. But if you’re lucky, you will always get more” (2). Hester is teaching her son to value money more than anything else. She believes that money will

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