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The Power Of Money Essay

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In the short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence the first conflict that is introduced to the reader is the external conflict of man vs. man, where the Paul, the protagonist, is fighting a losing battle with his mother, the antagonist, for her love and affection. The second conflict that is shown is the internal conflict of man vs. self when Paul begins to believe that the only way to have his mother’s love is to become lucky and acquire money from his luck. This is a sad tale of one child’s struggle to obtain the acceptance and love from a parent by taking any all drastic measures necessary, only to learn that no amount of money can buy happiness or love. Subsequently, the underlying need for money can affect anyone, even a small child. The power of financial stability is dangerous to toy around with; one could work their selves to death just to earn a dollar.
In the beginning of the story the author introduces the setting as being a beautiful home that is made cold by the lack of love of the parents, specifically the mother. “She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them” (Lawrence, 2007, p. 493). It is the mother’s lack of security within her own life that portrays the same feelings to her children. She feels the pressure of not having the financial stability to support her home, children, and lifestyle; therefore she resents her children and her husband. “Children who are rejected by their parents experience more personality disorders and behavior problems in adolescence and adulthood than those whose parents accept them” (Erkan, 2010). Sadly, this was the case with Paul because of his mother’s lack of acceptance for him.
Due to the fact that the mother could not provide her children with the nurturing that was much-needed, Paul convinced himself that if more money came into the home then he would have his mother’s love. Unfortunately, when Paul’s belief arose he was not sure how to acquire the needed financial stability. So, he asked his mother for help and she explains that they do not have money because they are not lucky. Paul becomes slightly confused on the understanding of his mother’s words and she tries to help him understanding by saying “it’s what causes you to have money. If you’re lucky you have money” (Lawrence, 2007, p. 494). Immediately Paul believes that if he can prove he is lucky then he will have the ultimate prize, his mother’s love. A child only reflects the attitudes and attributes that are shown to them by their parents. “The standardized regression coefficients reflecting the unique contribution of perceived maternal and paternal acceptance revealed that only perceived maternal acceptance was significantly related to behavioral problems. Perceived paternal acceptance did not have a significant direct effect on children’s behavioral problems” (Garcia, 2007). Paul was not necessarily a rebellion as a child; instead he had a more obsessive-compulsive...

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