Analysis Of Setting In The "The Rocking Horse Winner" By Araby

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It is said that reading literary works is more than just setting the eyes on one individual story or another. Rather, it has been suggested that all possible connections between two or more works are taken into considerations so as to reach to better understanding of all. True enough, this recommendation once put into use for the two stories "The Rocking Horse Winner" (by D. H. Lawrence) and "Araby" (by James Joyce) could lead to a revelation of many details in common between them, especially the setting, or the living environment of the leading characters. The likeness is that both the novelty in life targeted by "I" character in "Araby" and mother love thirsted by Paul are partially obstructed by the disturbing surroundings.In "The Rocking Horse Winner", there is only one word precisely describing the mood of the house where Paul lives: Anxiety. It could be found at least seven times throughout the story. In the story, the house is "loaded" all the time with bizarre whispers: "There must be more money". That is because all members in that family just rush for their needs, money, luck and so on, and hardly pay any attention to each other's inner thoughts. The mother, though being housed in a well better-off family, feels that "at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love" just because she always listens to the "anxiety" for money lurking here and there in the house. She is haunted by the ideas of luck and money. Never could we spot any saying when the mother lets out a word about "love" or "happiness", not at all. Instead, she just thrusts herself in expensive hungers. The more money she gets, the more she craves. Even when receiving five thousand pounds from her son, she just feels it "Quite moderately nice" - she wants more. Paul's father is always busy involving in money-making activities "for the social position which they had to keep up". Paul indulges in gambling because of, on one part, his close contact with his uncle and Basset the gardener, who are both gamble addicts and, on the other part, the alleged magical rocking horse and the conversation about luck and money he holds with his mother at the beginning of the story. It can be concluded now that due to the mood of the setting, Paul's driving force of gaining mother love is terminated. The geographical setting, or the house, disables him to fulfill his aspiration. In fact, I think that Paul really loves it when his family has enough money because the whispers then might stop and some peace of mind might be restored, a critical condition to maintain love and happiness. In response to his uncle's question, he says "I started it for the mother. She said she had no luck,..., so I thought if I was lucky, it might stop whispering. Unfortunately, it never happens as expected.Likewise, in "Araby", the geographical setting as well as the human unresponsive attitudes are just unbearable, "bad humor" as complaint by the leading character. As for geographical...

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