Luck and Fate in The Rocking Horse Winner
The Rocking Horse Winner, by D.H. Lawrence, is an informative story about luck and one's own fortune. In this story, Lawrence attempts to illustrate how one can guide one's own fate, instead of allowing things to happen by chance. He believes that the only person that affects what happens to someone, is really that person himself. "Everything is what you make of it," is Lawrence's message to the reader. By his use of characterization, instructional images, and irony in The Rocking Horse Winner, D.H. Lawrence attempts to convey to the reader that success and luck are not something that one simply waits for to arrive, but things that one must works to achieve.
Lawrence uses to contrasting characters to help convey his point, namely those of the boy Paul, and his mother, Hester. Paul, according to the story, is lucky, whereas his mother is not. It was not simply decided upon that it would be this way, but each character had a hand in how they would end up. Paul's mother allowed herself to be resigned to the fact that fate had dealt her an unlucky hand. Though she had three wonderful children, she could not love them. Though she had a roof over her head, she was not content, and yet she did nothing to change this besides wait for the difference that never came. The story says that Hester "wanted to be first in something, and did not succeed," and when she did not succeed, she moved on instead of working towards her goal. Paul, on the other hand, learned very quickly that if he is to succeed, he must have dedication. Paul applied himself at his task, and did not let up until he achieved satisfaction. Despite the fact that it ultimately was the cause of his untimely death, it at least can be said of him that he achieved what he applied himself to. The young boy's character was such that he understood that effort equals results.
Lawrence also uses a few well placed images to show the reader the difference between working for one's money and then investing it wisely, and squandering money that one does not know the value of. The first set of images include Paul furiously rocking away at his riding the wooden horse, to find "where there is luck." Paul understood that if he was to succeed, he would have to work, despite what people said about his...