Does Paul solve his mother's problem in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"? Why or why not?
Although young Paul does find a way to help the family's financial problems in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," his death at the end of the story merely complicates their problems. Paul's initial winnings and the gifts to his mother help her to purchase some of the things she desires, such as flowers and private schooling for her son. But it creates further mental problems for Paul, and his mother's behavior toward him is unchanged. In the end, even with the 80,000 pounds in winnings from the big derby, the family is left with a dead son, and the mother allows her son to die without admitting that he was the lucky one.
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