The Power of Money

In the short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence the first conflict that is introduced to the reader is the external conflict of man vs. man, where the Paul, the protagonist, is fighting a losing battle with his mother, the antagonist, for her love and affection. The second conflict that is shown is the internal conflict of man vs. self when Paul begins to believe that the only way to have his mother’s love is to become lucky and acquire money from his luck. This is a sad tale of one child’s struggle to obtain the acceptance and love from a parent by taking any all drastic measures necessary, only to learn that no amount of money can buy happiness or love. Subsequently, the underlying need for money can affect anyone, even a small child. The power of financial stability is dangerous to toy around with; one could work their selves to death just to earn a dollar.

In the beginning of the story the author introduces the setting as being a beautiful home that is made cold by the lack of love of the parents, specifically the mother. “She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them” (Lawrence, 2007, p. 493). It is the mother’s lack of security within her own life that portrays the same feelings to her children. She feels the pressure of not having the financial stability to support her home, children, and lifestyle; therefore she resents her children and her husband. “Children who are rejected by their parents experience more personality disorders and behavior problems in adolescence and adulthood than those whose parents accept them” (Erkan, 2010). Sadly, this was the case with Paul because of his mother’s lack of acceptance for him.

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ERKAN, S., & TORAN, M. (2010). CHILD ACCEPTANCE-REJECTION BEHAVIORS OF LOWER AND UPPER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS MOTHERS. Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 38(3), 427-432. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Lawrence, D. (2007). The Rocking-Horse Winner. In A. Charters, The Story and Its Writer (pp. 493-504). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.
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