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    “The Rocking Horse Winner” is a short story about Hester, a mother who lives her life solely in search of wealth and material possessions. She doesn’t live her life in search of companionship or love, instead, she chooses to be more concerned with how expensive her house and clothes look. In the beginning of the story, Hester’s son Paul asks her why they don’t have the same privileges as his uncle Oscar. Hester claims they aren’t as lucky as uncle Oscar, so Paul makes it his mission to change their

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    Symbolism and Religion in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” In D. H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” Lawrence utilized symbols to reveal the natural affection between mother and son, and hints of religion to expose the corruption of greed on a family. Symbols riddle William De Witt Snodgrass’ essay, “A Rocking-Horse: The Symbol, the pattern, the Way to Live,” in which he sets them as the “story’s chief structural feature” (191). Charles Koban and Daniel Watkins agree with Snodgrass, but they bring

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    (A Critique of Rocking Horse Winner…) “The author's work is known for its explorations of human nature and illustrates the nature of materialism” (Jones). Throughout life, we are constantly developing who we are as people. As we grow, we grasp hold of things we wish to portray ourselves with. In doing so, we create ourselves as humans. In this philosophy that has been developed, we base how we are raised in order to develop who we become in the long run. Over time, we receive knowledge pertaining

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    depression. Depression is defined as, a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal (Dictionary.com). Leon Lewis’s critique on “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, describes Hester’s depression, “She herself is deeply troubled by what she feels is a ‘hard little place’ at the center of her being that prevents her from loving anybody.” (“The Rocking-Horse Winner’’). The consuming desire for money leads Hester to a state of depression that effects her ability to love her family. Overall, the consuming

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    A relationship between a mother and son should be one that is full of unconditional love. The mother should be able to provide for the son and in return the son should look to the mother for comfort and stability. In D.H. Lawrence's, "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the relationship between the protagonist, Paul and his mother is not ideal at all. The first indication the relationship between Paul and his mother is not one that is ideal is when we are first introduced to the mother. She reveals

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    Examining Greed in The Rocking Horse Winner In "The Rocking Horse Winner" D. H. Lawrence tells us about the traumatic downfall of an upper middle class family struggling to maintain appearances through habitual overspending. Both the parents with common jobs and "expensive tastes" (pg.646) exploit all their resources to give their family the best; however, it was only to retain their high status in the society. "The Rocking Horse Winner" depicts a common demon we all face; greed, society's need

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    D. H. Lawrence's The Rocking-Horse Winner “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a short story by D. H. Lawrence in which he creates a criticism of the modernized world’s admiration and desire for material objects. It was published in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1926 for the first time (E-Notes). The story’s main character, Hester, is a beautiful woman who is completely consumed by the idea of possession, and so she loses out on the love of family and the happiness of life. Her son, Paul, also learns

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    D. H. Lawrence uses tone to create a mood in his short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner." His ability to create tone allows us to understand the characters of the story, and enables us to actually feel as if we are in the story by creating such a vivid mood. Lawrence uses the eyes of the main character, Paul, to show how he feels about the events taking place, and this in turn helps the reader empathize with the boy and understand the story. Lawrence also establishes a theme by allowing the audience

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    Winning or Losing? (Discussing three messages from Rocking Horse) Throughout the reading of Rocking Horse Winner a boy named Paul endures many hardships. He is told from his mother that they are unlucky and he begins to think that he needs to do something to help out his mother. “...belongs to the group of stories D. H. Lawrence wrote in the last years of his life.” (Piedmont-Marton) Lawrence was one of the few writers that wrote stories about his life. We are told many messages from this reading

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    anomalous, but catastrophic story. But which story has a more shocking ending? Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence has the most shocking consummation because you don’t envisage what will materialize to the boy. In Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence a young boy gambles by horse racing because he almost always knows who will triumph. He works with his family’s gardener to save and spend money on gambling at horse races, even when no one else thinks he will victory, he customarily does. And when

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