Paul insists that he will become lucky for his mother since she and his father are not. All the children listen to the house whisper “there must be more money” (Kennedy & Gioia pg. 174). The mother is a materialistic person that thrives on keeping the look of her high social status. This results in Paul’s eagerness to satisfy the whispers. To appease the whispers, Paul begins to bet on important horse races. As for General Zaroff, he is just bored with the ability given to him. Zaroff, like most men enjoys hunting. However, Zaroff hunts very different game than the others. He finds no thrill in hunting regular game, so he creates his own compelling form of game. Unfortunately, neither Paul or Zaroff get a happy ending to their story.
“The Rocking Horse Winner” is all about luck and maybe even lucre. Paul asks his mother, “Is luck money, mother?” (Kennedy & Gioia pg. 174). Because his mother demonstrates that she is not happy without material things, her son believes that to make the house stop whispering he must provide her with the money to satisfy her materialistic values. Paul knew that when his mother looks at him she “the felt the center of her heart go hard” (Kennedy & Gioia pg. 174). Paul wanted his mother to love him. What he did not understand was that bringing h...
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In both stories, neither of the characters could be happy with what they had been already given. They both wanted more and more. Overall, there is a thin line between satisfying others selfishness and satisfying your own selfishness. Both situations can hurt you if you are not careful. Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV) says, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty of in want.” We need to learn to not be like Paul or Zaroff. We need not to satisfy others or to be selfish ourselves. But to be contented with what we have because God will provide for us when the time is right.
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