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by D. H. Lawrence

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What is the moral of  D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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In D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the moral one sees depends on the experiences each reader brings to his/her reading.

For me, the moral of the story is that people are more important than things. This is something the boy's mother loses sight of in her hunger for more money to buy more things.

We learn that the mother has "...all the advantages..." In the very first line of the story, we learn she not only has enough, but all she could want: she has "all the advantages." The author also says, "...yet she had no luck." She speaks of luck to her son. Someone unable to have children might heatedly argue that she is very lucky to have children. She is also very lucky to have "all the advantages." I feel she brings a sense of bad luck upon herself and her family by sharing these ideas with others. We know that her son takes this idea very much to heart.

And she demands more and needs more, the boy picks up on the message and the anxiety that rules his mother, and embraces these very adult...

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