Appearances Can Be Decieving Essay

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Appearances can be deceiving In the story "The Rocking Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, it appears that the family is very happy, and Paul's mother is very loving and affectionate towards her kids, but she knows that is no so because they "read it in each others eyes."(p343) In reality she is cold-hearted woman who is incapable of loving her children. Even though Paul realizes this he still is craving attention and longing to be loved by his mother. To Paul luck is equal to money, and he thinks that the only way to win her love is to become lucky in order to get money. It is apparent to the reader that the appearance of happiness shown to people outside of the household is very different from the reality of what actually occurs in their home. By focusing on Paul's behavior he possesses when riding his horse, his mothers beliefs about luck and how they influence Paul's behavior in trying to win her love, and by his mother's behavior and reality of her actual love towards the children, it is apparent that D.H. Lawrence makes suggestions that things are not always what they seem. The reader is also able to see that appearances are deceiving. In the story, Paul's behavior regarding his rocking horse shows us how determined he was to get him to where he wanted to go. The horse appears to be harmless, but infact in reality it is like the Trojan Horse, which was also used for deception. The horse deceives Paul into thinking it "could take him to where there was luck, if only he forced it."(p345) He would ride furiously with a glare in his eyes, silently commanding the horse "Now, take me to where there is luck! Now take me,"(p345) until at last he thought he has gotten to where he wanted to go. Paul seems like he is almost possessed while he rides the wooden horse, and he becomes a different person. From these examples it is apparent that Paul appears to be a normal boy on the outside, but he uses the horse as an escape from his feeling and his mother. Secondly, Paul's mother believed that if you had luck than life would be easier. She also believed that "it's better to be born lucky than rich"(p344) because "if your lucky you will always get more money."(p344) When Paul asked her why they don't keep a car of their own, and why they always use Uncle Oscar's or a taxi, she simply stated that "it's because your father has no luck." Paul's mother feels that her life is unfulfilled because of this, and that she would be much happier if she had money. He thought that if he earned money for his mother, and proved that he was better than his father was, he would win her love. When Paul bet on Lively Spark, "which was a quite inconsiderable horse,"(349) he ended up winning ten thousand pounds, and for an early birthday present to his mother he anonymously gave...

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