No Money, No Happiness
In the short story “ The Rocking Horse Winner”, the characters jeopardize their happiness by mistaking it to be equal to money and luck. The writer, D.H. Lawrence uses a distinct approach to his writing to show the damaging and unexpected trail taken which leads to the compromised happiness of the family and the death of the son, Paul.
Material possessions are more important to them than family, but people on the outside do not see it that way. The mother is known to be loving, but never actually shows it. “Everybody else said to her: ‘She adores her children.’ Only she herself, and her children themselves, knew it was not so. They read it in each other's eyes.” The family is not happy and loving with each other even though it looks that way. The family tries to live lavishly but cannot afford it. “There was never enough money. The mother had a small income, and the father had a small income, but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up.” Since the family cannot afford their way of life, what the mother does plagues her children who feel the need for money all of the time. Near the end of the story his nephew is on his deathbed and Uncle Oscar seems to care less. Oscar’s main concern is not with his nephew. He is selfish, “And in spite of himself, Oscar Creswell spoke to Bassett, and himself put a thousand on Malabar: at fourteen to one.” Uncle Oscar does not hesitate one bit in placing a bet on the winning horse even though he witnessed his nephews condition first hand. His obsession on money and his greed blind him. Although one of his closest family members is seconds away from dying, all his mind can think about is earning his profit. The way a happy family is perceived goes against the reality of the constant need for money.
This family depends heavily on luck because they struggle financially. It gives them the chance to make more money and have a better life. No matter how much money they make,...
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