The Rocking-Horse Winner

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At the beginning of the short story “The Rocking Horse Winner” D.H. Lawrence writes that the mother has a terrible secret that she carries with her. She is not to love her children or feel love for anyone else, either. Only the children in this short story seem to understand this concept. She is the only one that knew that in the of her heart was a hard place that could not feel love for anybody, including her own children. Everybody said good things of her: "She is such a good mother. She adores her children." Only she and her children themselves, knew it was not true. They read it in each other 's eyes. Paul thinks that his mother does not love him, but he thinks it must be possible to win her love somehow. The problem seems to have something…show more content…
The horses ' name seem to appear into his mind. He goes in with Bassett, their gardener, and later on with his Uncle Oscar. All three of them start making a decent amount of money by betting on the horses whose names pop into Paul’s head when he is riding his horse to get to where the luck is. But because of his mother not being able to love, Paul is never able to get the one thing he really wants regardless of how much money he makes. He is desperately trying to win his mother 's love, something which any child ought to be able to…show more content…
Through his Uncle Oscar, Paul gives his mother a gift of five thousand pounds out of his winnings without her knowing where the money had come from. She quickly spends the money on a variety of things, but she is not happy, and Paul does not receive any of the love he wants. Instead, he can hear the voices in the house crying for more money. The voices in the house had gotten mad, like a choir of crickets on a summer night. "There must be more money! Oh-h-h; there must be more money. Oh, now, now-w! Now-w-w - there must be more money! - more than ever! More than ever!" Paul is up against a problem that is twice as big as he is. His constant rocking on his wooden horse symbolizes the anxiety that motivates him to satisfy his mother 's need for more money. Eventually his effort brings on something like a stroke or aneurism. On his death bed he reveals his secret: "I never told you, mother, that if I can ride my horse, and get there, then I 'm absolutely sure - oh, absolutely! Mother, did I ever tell you? I am lucky!" "No, you never did," said his mother. But the boy died in
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