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Summary characters and themes in the short story the rocking horse winner by dh lawrence

Plot summary[ edit ] The story describes a young middle-class Englishwoman who "had no luck". Though outwardly successful, she is haunted by a sense of failure; her husband is a ne'er-do-well and her work as a commercial artist does not earn as much as she would like.

  1. Certified Educator Wealth is a dominant theme of D.
  2. By demonstrating the lack of love in materialism, Lawrence suggests that external sources like money and luck cannot bring one happiness; instead, happiness must come from within. Provided the money that Paul used to make his first win at the horse race.
  3. Provided the money that Paul used to make his first win at the horse race.

The family's lifestyle exceeds its income and unspoken anxiety about money permeates the household. Her children, a son Paul and his two sisters, sense this anxiety; moreover, the kids even claim they can hear the house whispering "There must be more money. He has been placing bets using his pocket money and has won and saved three hundred and twenty pounds.

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Sometimes he says he is "sure" of a winner for an upcoming race, and the horses he names do in fact win, sometimes at remarkable odds. Uncle Oscar and Bassett both place large bets on the horses Paul names. After further winning, Paul and Oscar arrange to give the mother a gift of five thousand pounds, but the gift only lets her spend more.

Disappointed, Paul tries harder than ever to be "lucky". As the Derby approaches, Paul is determined to learn the winner. Concerned about his health, his mother rushes home from a party and discovers his secret.

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He has been spending hours riding his rocking horse, sometimes all night long, until he "gets there", into a clairvoyant state where he can be sure of the winner's name. Paul remains ill through the day of the Derby. Informed by Cresswell, Bassett has placed Paul's bet on Malabar, at fourteen to one. When he is informed by Bassett that he now has 80,000 pounds, Paul says to his mother: Mother, did I ever tell you? But the boy died in the night. And even as he lay dead, his mother heard her brother's voice saying to her, "My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad.

But, poor devil, poor devil, he's best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner. A young boy who notices that his mother doesn't love him and his sisters, even though she "adores" them.

The Rocking-Horse Winner Themes

She becomes "dissatisfied with her marriage" when she finds that her husband is not lucky and doesn't make enough money. The family gardener and friend. Is the one who gets Paul into horse racing, and later becomes "betting partners". Paul's uncle and his mother's brother.

Provided the money that Paul used to make his first win at the horse race. Signed the lawyer papers in order for Paul's mother to receive "one thousand pounds at a time, on the mother's birthday, for the next five years". Themes[ edit ] D.

The Rocking Horse Winner Theme

Lawrence suggests through his story that materialism and love cannot coexist. Hester pressures Paul to satisfy her own materialistic desires. By demonstrating the lack of love in materialism, Lawrence suggests that external sources like money and luck cannot bring one happiness; instead, happiness must come from within.

The juxtaposition of Hester's greed with Paul's generosity highlights the dichotomy between materialism and love.