The Rocking-Horse Winner Questions and Answers
by D. H. Lawrence

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," what type of family is described in the opening paragraph?

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The opening paragraph of The Rocking-Horse Winner describes a family that is unhappy and troubled. In the first paragraph, Lawrence describes a woman named Hester who is unhappily married and has children that she does not desire or love. Lawrence writes that "at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody." Despite her attempts to find happiness, she considers herself to be unlucky and cannot truly love her children. What makes matters worse is that her children recognize that their mother does not love them. The fact that Hester does not enjoy her life or love her children implies that the family is detached from each other. This creates an uninviting atmosphere, and it is safe to say that the family is unhappy. The source of the family's unhappiness stems from Hester, who does not love herself. Her inability to accept and admire herself make it impossible for her to genuinely love her children.

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