'The Rocking-Horse Winner'." College English 24 (1962): 64-65. Steinbeck, John. "The Rocking-Horse Winner." Modern Fiction Studies 9.1 (1965): 390-391.
Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. Piedmont, Elisabeth. "An overview of 'The Rocking-Horse Winner,'."
He tells the reader about the downfall of an upper middle class family struggling to maintain appearances through habitual overspending. The author displays the negative effect of money, luck, lack of love in the upper middle class English life and of modern society causing the dehumanization of the society as a whole. The main theme of the story is that greed destroys all in its path, and sometimes gets in the way of the truth and takes the place of love. In the story the mother and father are loveless and greedy. Neither the mother nor the father showed his or her love for the children and they were both greedy.
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.
The play showed how Willy Loman's longing to be successful controlled his life and ruined his family. Willy also represents a large piece of society. He portrays the people in our culture that base their lives on acquiring money. Greed for success has eaten up large numbers of people in this country. It's evident in the way Willy acts that his want of money consumes him.