In the short story, "The Rocking Horse Winner" by D.H.Lawrence, what is the theme of the story?150 words. Use quotes.

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Well, there are plenty of themes to choose from. Click on the link below to see some of the themes. However, the main one has to be about the dangers of greed. Notice how the greed of Paul's mother comes to haunt the entire house with the whisper: "There must be more money! There must be more money!" This whisper is said to be heard especially by the children:

The children could hear it all the time, though nobody said it aloud... the children would stop playing, to listen for a moment. They would look into each other's eyes, to see if they had all heard. And each one saw in the eyes of the other two that they too had hear.

It is implied as well that the mother is unable to truly love her children because of her greed:

...when her children were present, she always felt the center of her heart go hard.

And of course, the ending states it very clearly, asking whether the price of gaining the money is worth the sacrifice of her children:

"My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad."

Hester's unbridled greed is what has driven her son to death as he communes with his rocking horse. She may have the money that she craves, but, as the last paragraph suggests, she has lost infinitely more than she gained. Greed, it seems, has a price tag.

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The Rocking-Horse Winner

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