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

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What kind of insights of life can be gained by reading "The rocking horse winner"?

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The main idea behind the "Rockinghorse Winner" is that of putting too much emphasis on personal possessions at the expense of personal relationships. The house constantly whispers about the need for more money. Paul is trying to get more money for his mother so that she will love him, because he knows that her desire is for things and not for him. The pursuit of "good luck" for his mother leads to him going insane.

The lesson to be gained here is that people are more important than possessions. There will never be enough things, and when thats one's focus, frustration will eventually take over. Paul's desire to please his mother shows that the focus should be on individual relationships not on things.

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