The Rocking Horse Winner

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Rocking Horse Winner-Analysis

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10) I am sure many people, whether you attend church or not, are familiar with this passage of scripture from the Bible. It states that the love of money will eventually lead to self destruction. I think that this is the central theme in “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence. The mother is so consumed with making money that she finds herself in a constant dissatisfaction with her life, unable to love her husband or her children. This grief over takes her children, specifically her son, Paul. It wasn’t until the mother became so consumed with her constant quest for more money that she became incapable of loving her husband or her children. In the story, Lawrence stated that, “she married for love” (Lawrence 493) but I think that she fell in love with the lifestyle that her husband led because the husband was “always very handsome and expensive in his tastes” (Lawrence 493). He represented the image that she wanted to portray in society. Wealth is often associated with how handsome or beautiful you are and the material things that you surround yourself with. He, know doubt, lavished her with expensive gifts and empty promises before they were married. The mother was incapable of loving anyone, because the text says; “Only she herself knew that at the center of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody” (Lawrence 493). I think she thought her husband would be a good provider and would be able to give her the finer things in life. Once they were married, she realized that he was incapable of affording the type of lifestyle that she had become accustomed to, leading her to resent him. I felt that the family would have been able to live a comfortable existence had the mother and her...
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