D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a short story about the bond between a boy and his rocking horse. The young boy Paul has a rocking horse that he is growing out of, but still saddles up anyway. He was born into a greedy family and has two younger sisters. In this story, Paul is taught the way his family values money, the luck that runs through his blood, as well as how gambling changes people.
Paul’s mother is told that “she is such a good mother. She adores her children.” (Lawrence, 2001) However, the children and their mother know in their hearts that’s not true. The mother values money over her family. The love that was once in her heart has “turned to dust” (Lawrence, 2001). She doesn’t care much for her children and they are not on her list of priorities. She married for love, not luck; however she feels that she cannot love her children. The story gives an impression that the mother regrets getting married and having children because she states that she was once lucky. She implies that she was once lucky and could afford the expensive material things, but now she cannot. It’s almost as if the mother resents her family because she is never content.
“Then what is luck, mother?” (Lawrence, 2001)
“It’s what causes you to have money. If you’re lucky…you will always get more money” (Lawrence, 2001). The mother associates being lucky with being wealthy. She explains how Paul’s father is not lucky and therefore they have no money. The lack of money is affecting the family and the parents have very expensive taste. Material things is what makes them look like they have money, however when they spend all this money on things, there is never enough for them to be satisfied. The children think that there is an unsaid whisper that echoes throughout the house, which says “There must be more money. There must be more money.” (Lawrence, 2001). There is a sense of urgency for more money.
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