(Lawrence 1-2). Paul claims God told him that “[he’s] a lucky person” (Lawrence 3). Hester starts out as a seemingly well-off young woman, but she had no luck. She is resentful to her husband and her family who took her luck away from her. She does not believe Paul’s claims and it angers Paul and makes him want his mother’s attention.
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!"
To Hester, the special things that her son gives her are just not enough. Her greed, selfishness, and dominance over others emphasize her overpowering character. Throughout the story, the mother’s greed becomes more and more overpowering. The son, Paul, is very determined to find luck for his mother, but the mother’s greediness keeps nagging on Paul. Hester, the mother, tells her son that she is not lucky, and it is “better to have luck than money because luck brings money” (Kaplan 1971).
Heathcliff was disliked because he had to grow up without a real family to love him. Finally, Hindley turned into a pitiful man because of the love that he lost. For some, affection can change people for the better, but for others love can be a poison for their souls. Being the only daughter, Catherine was endeared by all those around her. The unwavering love that her family and friends gave her soured her disposition.
Along with her father’s drinking problem, her mother’s lack of rules and parental skills are out of the norm. She believes "people worry.... “people worry too much about their children. Suffering when they are young is good for them”(28). Her mother believes that they can learn on their own, showing that she does not care about the hardships her children are constantly dealing with in their environment. With this negligence the children are often forgotten about as well.
He seems very distant from his siblings and can hardly hold a conversation with a stranger throughout the book. While this is partly due to grief, Jewel also probably feels as if only his mother was able to give him the love that he deserves. This mentality leads Jewel to ignore others. Despite all of these negative effects of being the favorite child, Jewel has some arguably positive traits that come from being the favorite child. The previously mentioned articles quotes Dr.Libby “The favorite child often grows up feeling confident and p... ... middle of paper ... ...venge on his mother while she was alive.
Despite his efforts to improve her by making her take tennis lessons, play bridge, reform her speech and grammar, she is not able to live up to the expectations. Boy develops a high standard for her because he treats her like an object: “his idea of a wife for himself would have had the beauty and demeanour of Lady Diana Manners coupled with the wit of Margot Asquith” (p. 154). Leola’s complete devotion to Boy combines with her weak character to make her ineffective in dealing with Boy’s domination of her. When Boy sees that she cannot ever be what he wants her to be, he neglects her and is unfaithful. Conclusion:
He also wants her affection as well as winning back the family’s luck. Paul’s mother had never loved any of her children so Paul seeks his mothers validation in any manner possible. He questioned his mother about his fathers luck to which his mother responds with “[your] [father] [is] very unlucky (222)”. Paul realizes that this is a w...
Amanda begins to see beyond her daughter as a crippled and does not let any of her children mention it. Amanda is concerned with what her children ... ... middle of paper ... ... to encourage” (Beattie, 2). It is said that Amanda’s greatest flaw is denying reality which she would often withdraw from. She longed to be “well-off” and “wouldn’t accept that she was responsible for why her children ended up this way;” and “wouldn’t accept that she was responsible for the sorrow and flaws of her children” (Unknown, Essaylet). Amanda Wingfield cared mostly about her children's well being.
Although the idea of community and solidarity is usually something to be looked at in a positive way, as illustrated in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, “The Lottery”, and “The Shining Houses”, certain individuals suffer greatly when they are presented with the idea, or forced, to conform. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence, the family was unable to see what they really had going for them, or more so the mother, until it was gone. The mother was so concerned with the fact that she had no money, and what the town would think of her. She was one of those people who needed to feel accepted within a community. Never did she show love towards her children, “When her children were present, she felt the center of her heart go hard” (Lawrence 18).