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    D.H. Lawrence wanted the moral of his story to be clear, so he used a simple fairy tale structure. He aimed to show that the absence of love kills and that no amount of money can fill the hole left...

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    Actually, Paul's mother never is able to love him, even when he is on his deathbed. She does rush "to gather him up" in "tormented motherhood" when he falls from his rocking horse. She sits with...

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    Paul starts betting on the horses because he wants his mother to love him. He senses she does not truly love him or his siblings, and he knows she constantly needs money. Because he can...

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    In D.H. Lawrence's short story, "The Rocking Horse Winner," the problem is not really that the parents have too little money, it's that they perceive that they have too little money. It's a problem...

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    The two characters whose motivations we gain insights into are the mother and Paul. The father remains in the shadows, seen through the eyes of the mother, while the uncle and groom simply seem to...

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    The mother in this story lives a very comfortable life in a fine house, but is never satisfied. No matter how much she gets, it is never enough. Through her, and the fate of her son, Lawrence...

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    In D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul is a young boy who has grown up with a mother who is never satisfied with the family's finances. When Paul asks his mother why they are poor...

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    The whole problem in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" stems from the fact that Paul's mother cannot love her children because she is incapable of loving anybody. She tries to be a good mother, and she...

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    The author D. H. Lawrence takes the position that children can see and hear things that are no longer visible or audible to adults after they reach a certain age and become immersed in worldly...

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    The narrator explains Paul's mother's terrible secret in the opening chapter of "The Rocking Horse Winner." She is unable to feel love for her children or for anyone else. Only the children seem to...

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    Paul, the protagonist of this story, comes across as innocent. He is depicted as young and "childish." We know his mother is, sadly, not capable of loving her children. Paul confuses the words...

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    It is ironic that the mother immediately spends the five thousand pounds she receives on flowers when it is winter, a tutor for Paul, tuition for Paul to go to Eton in the fall, and "other...

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    All main events in a story will pertain to the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The exposition generally occurs at the start of the story and concerns the moments...

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    Hester is materialistic. She and her husband do not make enough money to suit the social position they like to live in. There is a constant feeling of anxiety in the house and it is based upon a...

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    The mother in D. H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner" changes twice throughout the story. The first time, she changes for the worse since she grows more wildly obsessed with money than ever...

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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...

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    In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul feels acutely his mother's need for money. The very walls of the house seem to be saying the family needs more money. In fact, they don't need money, but the...

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    The root of evil in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is the mother's desire for more and more money. Although the family lives comfortably in a large house with servants, the mother expected more from...

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    At the start of D. H. Lawrence's story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul and his sisters hear the words whispered through the springs of the rocking-horse, "There must be more money! There must be...

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    One might say that Paul, the boy protagonist of "The Rocking-horse Winner" never has a real epiphany, not one that allows him to rip the veil away from his identification with his mother's need for...

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    There are two reasons why Paul thinks he can be lucky on his own in D. H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner." First, he feels desperate to help his mother. Since his father cannot provide the...

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    In this short story, the mother, Hester's, perception that there's not enough money fills the house with anxiety. Paul, her sensitive young son, constantly feels the pressure of his cold-hearted...

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    This is an interesting question. Paul dies to win 80,000 pounds in the derby for his "heart-frozen mother," an amount of money which would on the surface appear to solve her financial problems....

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    In terms of the story's symbolism and themes about greed, Paul dies because his mother can not be satisfied. Even if he had continued winning more and more money, she would have simply craved more...

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    Uncle Oscar is first used for purposes of exposition through dramatic dialogue. He finds out that Paul is winning money on the horses and that he is in partnership with the family gardener whose...

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    There is a clear critique of materialism in this story. Hester insists that the family has no money because they have no luck. She had opportunities early in life and she married for love. But with...

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    A tragic hero is typically an upper-class person who, through a character flaw or mistake of judgment, comes to a bad end. Paul comes from a well-to-do family. He lives in a fine house with...

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    In The Rocking Horse Winner, Paul becomes obsessed with horse racing to please his mother, who craves money. Since he wants to earn her love, as well as reduce the atmosphere of anxiety he feels...

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    Indeed, there do seem to be several connections between D.H.Lawrence's life and his fable-like story, "The Rocking Horse Winner." For both D.H. Lawrence and his character Paul there is a desire for...

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    D.H. Lawrence uses many themes in this story, one being the relationship between a mother and her son. Lawrence's interest in writing about a mother-son relationship comes from his own personal...

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    Although Paul wins his mother 80,000 pounds betting on the derby, an extraordinary amount of money at that time, we can assume that this won't be enough for her, because her problem really isn't...

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    The narrator introduces us to a woman who was beautiful, once had a loving marriage, and in the end, had no "luck." She feels burdened by her children. Only she and the children know she feels this...

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    The title of "The Rocking-Horse Winner" refers to the ending of the story on two levels: one level is literal, the other ironic. On the literal level, Paul does ride the rocking horse furiously...

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    In D. H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," after Uncle Oscar discovers that Paul converses with the gardener Bassett about horse races, Uncle Oscar takes Paul for a drive to find...

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    In D. H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul's mother values material possessions. Because she values material possessions, she lives with her family in an expensive home cared...

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    One of the most common morals of this story is that money and material possessions cannot substitute for love. There has also been a lot written about the Oedipal relationship between Paul and his...

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    In D.H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking Horse Winner," a young boy named Paul consistently hears his mother's woes about their lack of money. The mother withholds love for her children, which...

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    There are references to religion itself but these occur in discussions between Bassett and Uncle Oscar. After Oscar first discovers that Paul is interested in horse racing, Bassett tells him that...

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    Paul is an innocent young boy who tries desperately to help his family. His mother's manner (her outward behavior) towards the children is "gentle and anxious." So, it appears that she loves them,...

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    Luck is good fortune and lucre is money. As Paul explains to his mother, he had believed lucre and luck were the same: "I thought when Uncle Oscar said filthy lucker, it meant money," he says. His...

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    The Rocking-Horse Winner resembles a fairy tale in its depictions of luxurious living and mystical powers. Hester and her husband symbolize the king and queen, and their children are royalty. Paul...

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    Hester, the mother, is a character who feels defeated by life. "She married for love, and the love turned to dust." Outwardly, she appears to care for her children, but in her heart she does not...

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    In D. H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," in the description we are given of Paul riding his rocking horse, we're told that he rode it "with a frenzy" and that "wildly the horse...

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    The omniscient third-person narrator explains much about Paul's mother's view of herself and her family in the opening paragraph of the story. There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with...

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    In a book which has become something of a minor classic, Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories, editors James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny have compiled a collection of short stories...

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    Paul is greatly influenced by his materialistic mother who measures personal worth by someone's "luck" and monetary success; moreover, she is incapable of loving her children as she feels that they...

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    1. Materialism is a false value that can never satisfy the spiritual needs of humans. At the end of "The Rocking Horse Winner," Paul's mother hears her brother Oscar's voice saying, "My God,...

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    The author does not divulge Paul's "secret of secrets" to the reader until near the end of the story. D. H. Lawrence constructed "The Rocking-Horse Winner" with great exactitude. He had to make it...

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    The main conflict in the story is the mother's inability to accept responsibility for her own happiness and also her false belief that money will supplant love and provide happiness for her. She...

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    Throughout the story the author keeps repeating the phrase "There must be more money." Both parents have expensive tastes but neither is good at earning money. Here is just one example of how D. H....

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