The Rocking Horse Winner - Money for Love In this short story, "The Rocking Horse Winner," there is a little boy competing for his mother's love, and his mother bringing her son to his death with her confusing vocabulary. Paul's mother confuses him with her vocabulary words such as: love, money, lucky, unlucky, and peace of mind. She tells him that luck has to do with everything, and that she was extremely unlucky. Paul's family were not poor, but his mother wanted to compete with other families by having the best and the most stylish. She complains about not having enough money that the house starts to echo the phrase, "There must be more money!"
Money plays a huge part in this story. Hester, the mother, is obsessed with having more and more money. She lives the life of a woman with money, never allowing anyone to see past the family's small income, "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" (435). The mother was incredibly selfish, having no love for anyone but herself. "Only she herself knew that at the center of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody" (434).
Hester lives a life that most people cannot afford. The irony is that she cannot afford her lavish lifestyle. She thinks that her children are forcefully placed on her rather than having the choice to have them. Hester feels that her husband wanted to have the children more than she wanted them. This is an expression of her love for money, which is greater than her love for her children.
However, she is unable to let that lifestyle go and their family is left with a constant shortage of money. Only after Paul wins money for her is she able to have “the luxury [she] had been used to” (Lawrence, 757). His mother is said to have married for love, but in the time since then it has “turned to dust”. She also has three children, but she does not love them either. She knows that her heart has a “hard little place that could not feel love...” (Lawrence, 750).
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.
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.
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. The opposite situations that both the women are in, exemplifies that no matter how well off and comfortable life is greed will always be present in people. The necklace proves that even if M. Loisel is blessed with a humble house and an average income, because she is never given the luxury of wealth, she still longs for the lifestyle of the privileged, without knowing what life the wealthy actually lead. On the other hand, Hester experiences the luxury and beauty of the rich, but never is she happy in her well off house, beautiful estate and family. Both the authors set up different circumstances of the women’s houses to prove the same point, that no matter how an individual starts in life, rich or poor, the overwhelming desire for more will always control them.
The reach of the symbolism is overwhelming, in some sense the story is “about” its literal, narrative level: the life of the family that chooses money instead of some more stable value, takes money as it’s nexus of affection. The first fault lay with the mother (Snodgrass 117). “There was a beautiful woman who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them” (Lawrence 1).
Paul spends hours riding his rocking horse to come up with the winning horse so that he can give his mother what he thinks she needs to be happy, money. He was thinking of gaining her happiness and love through materialistic ways because he thought that money would give the luck, love, happiness and power that she wanted. Trevor in "The Destructors" came up with a new idea to show his intelligence and power over the group which ended up making him the leader ... ... middle of paper ... ...omeone who, in seeking acceptance, has gone to great lengths to achieve it. The mother in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" was materialistic in gaining her acceptance while the gang in "The Destructors" used their destructive nature to seek out their fame. There is just one more small common thread that could be easily overlooked in the beginning of each story and that is the mother who thought that she was better than the neighbors.
The story "The Rocking-Horse Winner" written by D. H. Lawrence tells of a young boy named Paul who tries to win his mother's affection by giving her that which she seems to want more than anything else, MONEY. The house in which the family lives is haunted by a voice that speaks the phrase, "There must be more money!" Everyone in the house can hear the voice but nobody ever acknowledges it. Paul and the family gardener, Bassett, begin to talk about horse races one day and they soon begin to bet on them. Paul's uncle, Oscar, learns of this and becomes a partner with Paul and Bassett.