The Rocking Horse Winner: Literary Analysis

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A real parent is someone who puts their kids above their own selfish wants and needs. In D.H Lawrence’s short story “ The Rocking Horse Winner” it is about a mother who can not afford her dream lifestyle. Hester, the mother, believes that the main reason why she isn’t living her dream is because her husband is unlucky, therefore, makes her unlucky as well. Hester despises her life so much, that she burdens her children with her desire wants. Her son, Paul, is determined to show his mother that he is lucky and can bring her the happiness that she so desperately craves. “ The Rocking Horse Winner” is a story of great merit; The author, uses theme, characterization, and symbolism to make the story appealing. First, there are several themes in…show more content…
Luck is a major part in the story, that is where he gets the ideal to help his mom out. Paul ask his mother what luck is and what it means to her and she says “ It’s what causes you to have money. If you’re lucky you have money. That’s why it’s better to be born lucky than rich. If you’re rich, you may lose your money. But if you’re lucky, you will always get more money.” ( Lawrence 764) I think that hester is wrong about her theory because luck or born lucky does not necessarily mean that one is going to be rich. Her attitude towards that belief really got inside of Paul's head, to where her tried to be everything that his father was not. That is why Paul is riding the rocking horse so he can bring luck to his family. The Rocking Horse is another significant part of the story, the Rocking horse represents Paul love for the race horses. When Paul is furiously riding the house it describes the anxiety that he is going through to get money for the family. His furious riding is also the future because of his sickness and his unpredictable demise. It is sad to say that Paul only wanted to make his mother happy by bringing her hope, to only at the end become greedy like his mother and die because of
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