Symbolism In The Rocking Horse Winner By D. H. Lawrence

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The sensational flavor of warm gooey chocolate mixed in with the ever lasting taste of cookie dough. As a young child one is drawn toward the aroma of soft chewy treats. While the warm weather often draws most kids outside, the boy gets distracted from soccer due to the smell of fresh cookies. Roughing around in the warm air for a few hours, activates the appetite of a small human being. A young mother pulls out a tray of well prepared cookies and sets them down, cooling on the window sill. As the succulent smell draws the attention of the mother 's’ son, his mouth nearly waters out of temptation. With temptation comes desire, the boy reaches out for the cookie tray but falls short directed towards the lack of his ability of height. In his attempt…show more content…
The devastating effects of materialism are demonstrated throughout the elements of symbolism and a tragic hero by affecting individuals, families, and society in the short story, The Rocking Horse Winner by D. H Lawrence. As the need for money, the society 's greed hides within a house as the whispers capture the attention of young Paul. The voices mask themselves behind the old house and can only be heard by a select few by whispering, “There must be more money! There must be more money!”(Lawrence 1). While Paul was attempting to rid the house of its whispering, in the direction for earning luck for his mother, he had a “secret of secrets” that came from “his wooden horse, that which had no name” (Lawrence 12). Every ride is a thrill for Paul, as he earns more acceptance from his mother that he desperately desires. Paul would take his rocking horse on a “mad little journey”(Lawrence 3) directed towards her acceptance. Believing in being more successful than his father, Paul strives towards the respect of proving his heroic nature towards his mother in place of the belief that she “did not believe him”(Lawrence 3). Questioning Paul’s belief of God’s gift towards Paul, Hester makes it noticed that she does not believe him. In the act of gaining approval “he went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking for the clue towards ‘luck’”(Lawrence 3). In seeking revenge towards his mother’s disapproval, the act of failure is not within his grasp. The last night before his secrets are revealed, the final ride to his destined path ends as “the boy died that night” (Lawrence 14). As Paul’s mother came to a realization of her lost motherhood, the intention of love was forgiven. Forgiving the unstableness of what desires one the most. Although the instability for need and money results in having something to focus on, it urges the boy and Paul forward taking risks’ for what they want. Having a sense of reaction to the smell of fresh cookies had him wanting
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