Instead of living in their truth, the families distastefully obtained money. In “Rocking Horse Winner”, the young son, Paul, used his “luck” and ability to dream of the winning racehorse to gamble the family into money, while Nora goes behind her husband’s back to borrow money and tells him that her father gave it to them. Money caused Nora to break her vows and lie to her husband and Hester to use her son. Hester puts pressure on her son that luck is so important and without it, it is impossible to be happy. She informs him that if a man does not have luck, then he does not have anything.
In "The Rocking Horse Winner", we see Paul being driven by selfishness as well and he aimed to jump ahead of God to make him successful. Both short stories are extraordinary stories that remind us, you cannot make all people happy, nor satisfy with the outcome. Selfishness actuate confusion and it will take an individual on a road that prompts accomplishing terrible consequences. This is actually, what occur in the two stories and their results was not so favorable. The parallel in “The Lottery” and “The Rocking Horse Winner”, establish an understanding about of the topics; yet both short stories are different, one illustrates admiration and the other uncovers detestation.
The people surrounding Paul seem to be blind to his suffering, while it is suggested through the title: Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament that the story is a medical case study. The author, Willa Cather suggests that society has no tolerance for those who suffer from mental illness, shown through the lack of understanding of Paul’s mental condition in her short story; ultimately, Cather blames society for Paul’s demise. The community’s absence of recognition pertaining to Paul’s mental illness is highlighted by the use of an omniscient narrator. The story begins with the narration focused on the teachers and then shifts to Paul. This change in focus allows the reader insight into the minds of the teachers to understand their perplexity
The Use of Eyes in “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence As William Shakespeare said, “The eyes are a window to your soul”; author D.H. Lawrence puts this quote to practice in his short story, “The Rocking Horse Winner.” He uses the eyes of his characters, in particular the protagonist Paul, to show changes or advancements of these characters over the course of the story. The first description of Paul`s eyes occurs when he is speaking with his mother Hester about luck and are described as “Uneasy eyes.” (371) This description shows that Paul is interested in what Hester has to say and desires her approval and love but doesn’t fully understand what she means. Paul`s eyes begin to change more dramatically as he rides his rocking horse;
The son himself follows more of his mother’s personality, because he always thinks ahead. This is evident by the quote “…bothered teachers for homework assignments far ahead of their due dates so I could draw up schedules.” This shows that the son thinks ahead and likes to plan for the future, a characteristic he shares with his mother. The fathers care free, go with the flow personality is exemplified by his multitude of last runs. “He was indifferent to my fretting.” This quote shows that the father cares more about having fun with his kid than by adhering to the strict guidelines his wife has set. During the son’s pivotal moment where he starts to enjoy his time he see’s his father in a different light than what he used to the son realizes how much fun he has had with his father during the trip and on all the past trips they have been on.
The simply thought of money forces Hester into a frenzy so she can have simple luxuries and comfort at the cost of those around her. Within the Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence both dramatic and situational irony is expertly used to convey a message and explains how this message acts upon people. This is proved by the character of Hester and her quest for money. This quest would lead to the destruction of her family and herself. This signifies the universal truth that money doesn’t create happiness and is thus explained by the use of themes, literature devices and the application of an universal truth to the
However, the events of the story demonstrate that even such a type of unselfish greed can be self harming as his desperation for more money resulted in his death, even if none of it was for himself. Greed can come in many forms, and I only discussed a very small handful of them. No matter what form it may be, greed is harmful if not controlled. "The Rocking-Horse Winner" perfectly demonstrates this by showcasing two forms of greed that are black and white to one another. Whether it be for only or no self gain, the destructiveness of greed is nothing to scoff
That juxtaposition drove Lawrence to strive towards the whispered promise of his mother’s former life and condemn the relentless monotony of his father’s. This fractious relationship led Lawrence to write about tormented family relationship, those strange families that breed mental suffering through verbal, physical, or emotional abuse. This theme is reflected in Lawrence’s short story, “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, with the use of common character archetypes. Within D.H.
As an author who has the sense of social responsibility, D.H.Lawrence never stops thinking about human society and he continues offering criticism about capitalist industrial civilization, which destroys interpersonal relationship. The Rocking-Horse Winner also describes the same topic that capitalist industrial civilization distorts the human relations. To better emphasis this topic, the author uses irony to make this short story more impressive. Irony can be divided into three kinds: verbal irony, circumstantial irony and dramatic irony. All these types can find the corresponding plots in this short story and I would like to analyze irony in the story from three parts.
Idealising the mother-baby relationship had a detrimental effect on his genital development, even though he experienced the positive Oedipal situation and had somewhat heterosexual tendencies. It is as Freud said: Where they love, they do not desire and where they desire they cannot love. The genital mother represented the mother in sexual intercourse with the father, thereby containing his bad penis and was felt to be in alliance with him. Further, her body contained the hostile babies and thus, Richard could not desire her. The good internal mother protected him from the father and also invoked protective feelings in him.