The Role of Luck and Money in 'The Rocking Horse Winner'

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Role of Luck and Money in "The Rocking Horse Winner" D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking Horse Winner" is an allegorical tale that explores the relationship of luck and money and how Paul's, the story's protagonist, perception thereof influences his behavior. Through an omniscient point of view, the narrator guides the reader through the events that occur without demonstrating bias and thus establishes the story is intended to teach a lesson. "The Rocking Horse Winner" explores the complex relationship between Paul and his mother, Hester, because of her attitude towards luck. Through the course of the story, Paul believes he is lucky because of his uncanny ability to win at the track despite him being too young to place bets himself. Paul's obsession with money stems from his mother who has led Paul to believe the family is poor because his father has no luck. As Hester explains to Paul, "Well - I suppose [we are poor]," she said slowly and bitterly, "it's because your father has no luck" (Lawrence). As the story progresses, it is revealed Hester continuously argues with her husband about their financial situation, yet paradoxically, "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. The father went into town to some office. But though he had good prospects, these prospects never materialised. There was always the grinding sense of the shortage of money, though the style was always kept
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