By: Anna DeWitt
Decatur High School
Living behind a façade in life can bring complications to those who value things in life. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence is a symbolic short story that represents the idea that the more one’s values lie with material goods the less one is able to connect with reality or the intangible tenets of life. This perspective is supported throughout the story by the direct characterization of Hester and Paul, the use of personification and similes and in the rising action to the conclusion’s gradual release of detail. D.H. Lawrence accomplishes the theme by using dramatic relationships with the characters, Paul and Hester. Paul’s mother, Hester is beautiful woman who is determined to fit in with society and revolve her life around money, but does not notice that her desires are ruining her family, as shown in, “the center of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody.” (Lawrence 295). This excerpt the tone of emptiness because she felt no love for her children or husband and tried to fill that hole of emptiness with false love, as said in, “She married for love, and the love turned to dust.” (295). The materialistic greed’s of people can hide the truth on the inside, as the repetition of the personified voices in the house declare; “there must be more money!”(296) the truth is hiding inside the mother but the house knows the situation and screams it so everyone can hear, including Paul. Paul and Hester’s relationship suffered, his mother believed that being lucky is the key to becoming rich, but her belief has a large impact on Paul. In order to gain respect from his mother he does to high-levels to get money for her attention as shown in, “he would sit on his big rocking horse, charging madly into space…” (298) expressing how badly he wanted to find this “luck”. Hester associates love by how successful one...