The Rocking-Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence

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What is a good thesis statement for "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence?

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There are several key themes running through the story by D.H. Lawrence called "The Rocking-Horse Winner," and they could all be written about effectively in an essay, which is what I assume you intend to do with your thesis. 

One possible theme concerns materialism, the relentless need Hester has for more money with which she buys more things. From the beginning we see that she is miserable because she chooses to be. Though she has "all the advantages," she is not content. She is not content with her husband, her children, her house, or her things. What she thinks will make her content is money; however, every time she gets money she immediately spends it and wants more. Even the house senses her need for more money:

And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money!  The children could hear it at Christmas, when the expensive and splendid toys filled the nursery. Behind the shining modern rocking-horse, behind the smart...

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