The Rocking Horse Winner Literary Analysis

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Ariell Fain, Jordan Grantham, Peyton Salter and Mi’esha Straughn
Dr. Willis
22 September 2017
ENG 101/102 Mini Term
The Rocking Horse of Life
“The Rocking Horse Winner” is a short story written by D. H. Lawrence. This story shows readers the uneasy feeling of needing money, anxiety over constant problems, and a young boy’s sense of repayment to his mother. The characters in this story and the situations they deal with are relatable in past times, as well as modern times. Not only does Lawrence prove that pleasing others is not always worthwhile, he takes readers on a journey of stress, attempted help and eventual loss. Through themes such as greed, loss, luck, and the maintenance of social standards, “The Rocking Horse Winner” is a story that shows audiences the ups and downs of life.
As evident as the themes are in this story, the maintenance of social standards are unmistakable in modern day life. As the social media trend continues to evolve, people feel the need to “one up” each other. Following people on Instagram and checking Twitter is almost a haven for teenagers everywhere. The more likes one has, the more popular they are, and the more people start to feel like they are better than others. In “The Rocking Horse Winner”, Hester’s family feels superior to everyone else, even though they have hidden problems. Lawrence says, “The mother had a small income, and the father had a small income, but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up” (Lawrence). This statement could be said about families in the modern world, as well as the family in this story. Many households live in debt and money shortages, yet they still maintain a life in which social status matters more than the condition they live in. From “The Rocking Horse Winner” to a nearby community, the impact of social statuses continues to be an enigma that no one generation can solve. Losing people, objects, and even oneself is something that has not changed for centuries. The things that were lost in “The Rocking Horse Winner” is not fresh news. The first abstract object to be lost in this story is love, Hester finds herself “married for love, but the love turned to dust”. Many people have this same issue today, as
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