D.H Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies view children as easily manipulated figures. D.H. Lawrence’s short story demonstrates how easily children, Paul, can be influenced into believing that money and luck indicate one’s level of happiness. William Golding’s novel tries to show that all children are evil and have savage impulses. A common theme in both of these works is that children create their own downfall and loss of innocence.
In D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul is searching for an identity and love. Paul’s mother was incapable of love; “when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard.” Paul’s mother desires materialistic possessions and excludes priceless items such as love. Paul’s mother and father were incapable of maintaining the social position they had to uphold with the amount of money they made. The house was always high strung and believed that there was always a need for more money. 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. Adults are corrupting children at a young age to believe in materialistic objects instead of priceless items. Paul’s mother’s materialistic drive fuels Paul to give his mother the greatest treasure, money. In essence, Paul was living to try and please his mother. Paul began riding his rocking- horse and charging madly into space to determine winners in horse races. Paul had made a large sum of money through betting on horse races. After Paul had given his mother five thousand pounds for her birthday the echoes in the house grew. His mother’s expression did not change when she saw she had been given money. At this point, Paul realized he would forever be in debt to his mother and her nonexistent love for him. With each race he won, the echoes only continued to grow. Paul had created his own downfall because he fed into the house’s haunting words. He was easily manipulated into believing that having money was the only way to be happy. Paul’s mother viewed him as a burden and could not find a way to love him. As a result, he could not keep up with the lavish lifestyle and took his own life by surging madly to find more money. This short story indicates that adults heavily influence the thoughts and feelings children acquire at a young age.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies...