Topics for Further Study
- Although the children's father is mentioned in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," he never actually appears. Why do you think the mother's brother, Uncle Oscar, has a larger role to play in this story? What do you think Lawrence was trying to say about the role of men in the raising of their sons?
- How does "The Rocking-Horse Winner" portray the desire for material wealth?
- What were women's career options during the 1920s? How might this reality figure into the mother's lack of love for children? Explain your answer.