“the Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence

“the Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence

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In Love with Money
The short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner” written by D.H. Lawrence shows family dysfunction and how greedy and selfish can be a mother. The main character of the story is a little boy Paul, who wants to make his mother happy. Her name is Hester and she is so obsesses with money. It does not matter how much she has, there is never enough. She is always dissatisfied. In addition she is incapable of loving others. Hester tries to show others that she is a good mother and behaves as if she loves her children dearly even though “at the center of her heart was a hard place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody” (267). The only thing she loves in whole word is money. The main theme of the story is that greed destroys all in its direction, and sometimes gets in the way of the truth and takes the place of love.

Hester is a beautiful woman without any feelings. The money is the most important thing for her. She does not care about her kids and what they feel. In the house the phrase “There must be more money” (267) children hear all the time. When Paul a one of the children asks his mother: “Why don’t we keep a car of our own? Why do we always use uncles, or else a taxi” (268) Hester explains him that is all about luck. She feels so unlucky because she married unlucky guy. Hester says: “If you’re lucky you have money” (268). This caused Paul feel the need to help find some money.

The little boy to earn his mother’s love makes money predicting the winner of horses races; however, it does not work because she is in love with money not her kids. When she receives the letter from the lawyer about the 5,000 pounds, she’s still not satisfied. When Paul asks her if there is anything good in the mail, she says, “Quite moderately nice” (274) in a cold voice. Hester loves getting money, but there is never enough. She does not even care what all this money is from, as long as she gets it. She wants to be rich. Instead of paying off debts saving...

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