21 March 2011
In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” written by D.H Lawrence Paul’s mother is a woman who is unsatisfied with her marriage. She seems to feel this way for her husband fails to make enough money to support the elegant lifestyle that she desires. Hester has put her own family in deep debt because she is so materialistic. She behaves as if she is a wonderful women but she does not fool her children. The children, a boy and two girls, know that their mother Hester does not love them nor anyone else. This statement we can declare its truth by the sentence in the short story that says the following: “There was a women who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them.”
In comparison with “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson we certainly see the dangers of conformity. Members of the town press each other to go along with the lottery. The lottery we are used to associating with means winning cash prizes although this one on the other hand actually means winning your death date. These two stories have a lot of society pressure to conform. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is about love and “The Lottery” is actually based on the lack of love and or compassion. Paul really loves his mother and when he finds that she is desperate he risks himself to try and give her what she needs. In the other story we see that the other people in the town are not willing to give up their cruel joy of stoning women to death. The lack of compassion for another human being is incredible and it is being taught to the next generation by handing the stone into little Davy’s hand.
These two stories show the importance of tradition in society and how difficult it is for people to custom to change.