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.
Both characters immensely struggled with their love for money. In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" Paul became obsessed with riding his wooden horse because he truly believed it would help him win money. Meanwhile the son dug himself into poverty through things such as gambling and drinking. The text also notes that the Babylonian
In the story, the reader never receives examples of how his father corrects him or shows him how he needs to act. Possibly, Paul never realizes what his father is trying to do for him and finds it unimportant. The author did not mention Paul’s mother very often throughout the story. The only information the reader is told about his mother is when Paul’s teachers are conversing about him. One teacher mentions that his mother died when he was only two months old (2).
The story “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is written by the English novelist D. H. Lawrence. The book was published on July 1926, then made into a full-length movie directed by Anthony Pelissier on 1949. The story is about an English who lived with a very small income coming from the mother and her luckless husband. Their children, a son named Paul and two other sisters thought that their house was haunted by the anxiety of their own family and even heard the house whispering “There must be more money.”. The son, Paul, tried his luck and started betting on horses in the derby.He found out that he was lucky when he started winning in the bets making over a thousand pounds each race.
These two stories have different tones in the beginning but by the end they are both dark and sad. In the beginning of the story of “Rocking-Horse Winner”, the reader could tell the tone by the mother not being in a happy joyful mood about their living situation. Unlike the story, “The Lottery” where the audience would have thought that the story would stay happy, because of how the author describes the beginning of the story. The tone in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” did correspond with the action occurring in the story because the feeling that the mother gives off as well as the house makes the son want to be lucky for his mother so she would not be that way anymore. This forces him to make sure he rocks on his little rocking horse until he is sure of the winner in the next horse race to win money until that anxiety kills him (Lawrence, 1933, p. 175).
For Example, as Paul speaks to his mother, he feels an incredible sadness due to the fact that it is no longer acceptable for him to show emotion: “Ah! Mother, Mother! You still think I am child- why can I not put my head in your lap and weep? Why have I always to be strong and self-controlled?” (183). Paul experiences this deep sorrow and depression because he feels that he has been completely robbed of his sentiment.
“Me and Ruth done made some sacrifices for you – why can’t you do something for the family?” (Hansberry 1.1.118). The Younger family has grown up without much and when the father dies, he leaves an inheritance that can get the family into a comfortable living position. The only problem is that they all want to use the money for different reasons. Each character wants to make their own dreams come true. They do not want to sacrifice their own dreams to please the others.