Comparison Of The Prodigal Son And The Rocking-Horse Winner

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The parable of The Prodigal Son and the short story of The Rocking-Horse Winner have many similarities as well as differences. The Prodigal Son was written by St. Luke and is recorded in the book of Luke in the Bible. D.H. Lawrence wrote the short story: The Rocking-Horse Winner. Both of these stories are fiction based, and they hold many good lessons to learn from them. The story of The Prodigal Son is found in Luke 15 and it was recorded in the scriptures by St. Luke. This is a parable found in the Bible that Jesus had spoken of and used to teach nearby listeners. He began the story by telling of the man who had two sons. The younger son was greedy and selfish and wanted to have his inheritance money early. Once he had obtained the money,…show more content…
Lawrence, is a short story about a boy named Paul. This young boy lived with his unhappy mother, along with the other family members. The mother had grown to be unhappy because she had married for love instead of money and in her eyes, she was now unlucky as a result of that decision because they didn’t have much money. However, they lived a lifestyle that would appear to others that they were wealthy, but truly they were not. The young boy, Paul, had asked his mother about luck and if she was lucky herself. After her reply, he then told her that he was lucky too. Unknown to his mother, the boy gave this statement because he was secretly gambling on horse races with the aid of the family’s gardener. The gardener and the boy became very successful and became very wealthy. The boy had begun participating in this activity because he had noticed that they family was in need of money. He had noticed that the house was “haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money!” (Lawrence). It was later revealed that the boy would ride his rocking-horse until he saw the winner. He became so obsessed in this activity to gain more money for his mother as well as the house that it eventually killed
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