The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

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D. H. Lawrence was born in England on September 11, 1885. Lawrence grew up in the small mining town of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire where his father, Arthur John Lawrence, was a coal miner, and Lydia Lawrence, his mother, worked in the lace making industry (D.H Lawrence Biography). The same town depended on the mining industry to provide jobs for the family's. Growing up in Eastwood, Lawrence was bullied at school for not playing sports like the other boys. Lawrence father, Arthur, wanted him to follow his footsteps and become a miner but Lawrence did not want to. Lawrence became the first boy in Eastwood to win a county council scholarship to attend Nottingham high school (D.H Lawrence ...view middle of the document...

This resulted in Paul seeking her love by being lucky and riding his lucky horse to win races. From Paul’s winnings, he would give it to his mother to try to satisfy her needs and bring luck to his family. Paul confronts the mother by telling her that he is lucky but the mother rejects his theory. Paul searches for luck while riding his horse. According to one critic, “The Rocking Horse Winner was used as a mock to emphasize the meaning of love and the consequences of money. You can see how the meaning of love comes as a joke to Paul’s mother because of her negative attitude towards life.
The mothers need for materialism made it hard for Paul to get closer to her mother. According to the allegory and the death of the heart in the rocking horse winner, the description of its materialism is used to represent the middle class as being vicious towards the morals and beliefs (Khoban, Charles). Khoban explained this as a “way of life”. Lawrence did not intend for money to come as an evil desire that everybody needs, but as an intent to open the theory...

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