“The Rocking Horse Winner” By: DH Lawrence
Everyone seemed to be asking Sam the same question. Was it really worth it? He longed to say that it was. That all the money he obtained through fraud was worth being locked away for twenty-five years. That giving his family an abundance of money was more important than walking his eldest daughter down the aisle. Sam shook the mere thought of having to lose out on all of his family events due to his greed. It all began the day his business partner George walked into his office. He asked Sam if Sam wanted an in to an “easier” way of making cash. Once Sam got involved his greed for money became an obsession. It was never enough. One thing led to the next, and soon Sam was in over his head. His wife begged him to stop. To get out while he still had the opportunity and that was when he realized that the opportunity was no longer his. The dinner bell rang rousing Sam from his regretful memories. He stood up in anticipation for the second bell that would allow him and his fellow prisoners’ entry to the cafeteria. Just like he would be doing for the next twenty-five years. In comparison to this story, DH Lawerence the author of “The Rocking Horse Winner” uses characterization and brings the theme of greed into his story. This piece of literature concerns Paul, a young boy who wants his mothers affection by giving her that which she seems to want more than anything else, MONEY.Hester, Uncle Oscar and the fathers greed and addiction for money ultimately led Paul to his death just like Sam’s greed led him to a life in prison. Hester’s addiction for money helped Paul go mentally insane. Although she struggled through the motions of being a suitable mother, enough to deceive her neighbors, Hester was unable to hide the truth from her children. The environment at home was based on externals only. There was no mother son relationship between Paul and his mother. He firmly believed that money +luck=love based on a...
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