Money, Luck, Love in Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence The "Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence is a story, which emphasizes the battered relationship between a mother and her child. The author's work is known for its explorations of human nature and illustrates the nature of materialism. The author employs techniques of the fairy tale to moralize on the value of love and the dangers of the money. D.H. Lawrence presents an upper class family that is destroyed by greed because they always felt like no matter how much money they had, they always needed more. He tells the reader about the downfall of an upper middle class family struggling to maintain appearances through habitual overspending.
She complains about not having enough money that the house starts to echo the phrase, "There must be more money!" This statement caused the children, especially Paul the oldest, feel the need to help find more money. Paul does this by gambling with the gardener at the horse race track. Paul wins a lot of money before any of his family finds out. Success for Paul is getting on the rocking horse and staying on to the point that he dies from nervous exhaustion.
Money Obsession in David Herbert Lawrence's The Rocking-Horse Winner We have all heard the expression, "Money makes the world go round." But does this make it worthwhile to abandon happiness in order to gain more of it? David Herbert Lawrence reveals the folly of substituting money and luck for family and love in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the story of a woman's insatiable need to become rich, and her son's struggle to gain her approval. The mother, Hester, obsesses over money. She comes from a fairly rich family, seemingly, as "there was never enough money ... not nearly enough for the social position which [the family] had to keep up" (363).
M. Loisel was pretty, but the evil, that is greed, was unmasked from inside her, that she lost her looks too. Her friend at their first meeting after a few years is unable to recognize her and assumes her “a poor woman”. In a like manner, in “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H Lawrence, Hester’s hunger for more money leads to the death of her son, Paul. To illustrate, Paul secretly gave all his earning to his mother since “the house had been 'whispering' worse than ever lately”(Lawrence) and “Paul could not bear up against it”. Paul worked himself so hard getting money for his mother that he reached a state of physical exhaustion and “the ... ... middle of paper ... ...out children, while Hester lived in a huge house with a family and yet both these women still want more.
Everything in the house whispers this expression, recommending that no measure of cash is sufficient. Cash just moves the longing for more cash. D. H. Lawrence is the author of this significant story called “The Rocking Horse Winner”. The main characters of this story are Paul, Hester, Basset and Uncle Oscar. This story is about Paul and his selfish, money hungry, mother whose thirsty search for money kills her emotionally and Paul literally.
Rocking Horse Winner Carnality in close kin bliterates true necessary. As opposed to wealth their many desires witch it itself can not satisfied. In a family with the mother in need of such of thing uses finances as a sort of excuse. This lie drags along her son with good intentions always trying to feel the inner need. As he carries them on and has success they all got wrap up in the money lie forgetting the single most important factor which is love.
(407) Hester describes her husband as an "unlucky husband" (408). Through this expression, it is easy to see that Hester does not love her husband, and blames him for his incapability of making money. Lawrence uses this expression to demonstrate Hester's inability to love, and implies that her dissatisfaction with life is what turns her love to "dust" and causes the failure of her marriage. Through the descriptions of Hester's attitudes towards her husband and children, Lawrence paints a vivid imag... ... middle of paper ... ...n irony. Even though he rides the rocking horse, a young boy's toy, as Paul starts gambling, gradually he loses his innocence as a child.
When the Grand Duke arrives at Cinderella’s house, her stepsisters try on the slipper, but it does not fit them. Then, Cinderella appears, tries on the slipper, and it fits. Soon after, Cinderella is happily married to the Prince (Cinderella). This is Disney’s 1950’s account of the classic fairy tale Cinderella, which greatly differs from the Brothers Grimm retelling. The Brothers Grimm story is filled with violence and misfortune, not with fairy godmothers and singing mice, as in Disney’s version.
The mother and father have expensive tastes that can not be supported with their mere common jobs. In order to give their family the best and retain their illicit status, both parents embezzle all of their resources to -1- purchase materialistic things. The Rocking Horse Winner depicts how greed and the need possessions and money drives a member of this upper class family to resort to drastic measures. (Lawrence; The Rocking Horse Winner Study Guide) The second obvious moral to The Rocking Horse Winner is that often one does not realize what they have and how they we feel about it until it is gone. Early on within the story we learned that Paul’s mother had attractive, bonny children.
The house became haunted by the unspoken phrase, “There must be more money!” Paul was outraged when he confronted his mother about the family’s lack of wealth, and she rejected his statement that he is lucky. After this scene, Paul was easily influenced that he would be able to reach this place of luck and finally satisfy his mother. Her desires for more money and luck are never satisfied, and as a result, lead to tragic consequences when love and money are confused in Paul’s mind. Paul’s heartbreaking attempt to win his mother’s love inevitably leads to his own death. Lawrence’s, The Rocking Horse Winner, exposes the negative qualities associated with modern society and specifically adults.