How are luck, money, and love handled in "The Rocking Horse Winner"?

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In the story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the main character, Paul, notices that there is never enough money at home. He tries to get money by creating his own luck. He rides his rocking-horse very fast and then "knows" the name of the winning horse for the next horse race. He actually does make money and gives it to his mother secretly. But his desire for more money grows out of control.He rides his rocking-horse so wildly to find out the winner of the Derby. He becomes exhausted and  dies, at the moment the horse wins and his family gets a huge fortune.

The way love is handled in this story is that it is portrayed as a series of actions, by Paul, to gain love through obtaining funds without working for it. Luck is handled as soemthing that you achieve not as something that just befalls a person.Money is seen as the end all of human effort. However the outcome of all their false beliefs is loss, ultimately death. Therefore the author is suggesting that the false worshipping of luck or money lead to unhappiness.

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