Societies Craving Of Fortune Always Ends In Misfortune

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Everybody has, at one point in their life, had a desire for more money. D. H. Lawrence uses many symbols in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” to convey the fact that the pursuit of happiness through monetary gain ends in tragedy. The main symbol is the rocking horse, representing how the protagonist Paul is trying to win the affection of his mother. Next is Paul’s mother who demonstrates materialistic views. Finally, the voices in the house symbolize greed and corruption. Lawrence effectively uses these symbols to show how money destroys lives.

Initially, the rocking horse seems to be Paul’s play-toy as he just rides it back and forth. But delving deeper into Lawrence’s story revels that it ...view middle of the document...

Secondly, Paul’s mother represents materialism and how it can mean the destruction of relationships. The mother “felt the[y] [children] had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them (220)”. Since she always tries to maintain her social standing in their neighbourhood, she puts herself ahead of her kids. The community always commented at how she was such a great mother, but what she really did, was not love them. With her great desire for having money Paul essentially sacrificed himself for the love of his mother. Even on Paul’s deathbed she was not sure how to interact with him while he lay dying. Her ignorance proved that she was blinded by her insatiable greed for money. So much so she could not even interact with her children and be a mother, let alone love them. Paul ultimately sacrificed himself to win the love of his mother by feeding her appetite for money.

Finally, the voices that haunt the house and the minds of the family members represent greed and the corruption it brings upon the minds of the...

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