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by D. H. Lawrence

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Evaluate Paul's relationship with his mother in "The Rocking-Horse Winner." What drives their relationship? How are they similar? How are they different?

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Composed later in the life of D. H. Lawrence, "The Rocking-Horse Winner" has elements of fable in it in order to convey what one critic terms Lawrence's revulsion at "London's staleness, its walking dead, it mechanized ugliness." As it certainly reads like a fairy tale in the beginning, Lawrence describes Hester, Paul's mother as a beautiful woman who has

...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. They looked at her coldly, as if they were finding fault...

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