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The Rocking Horse Winner vs The Destructors One may under the impression that having large quantities of money or a lot of material possessions will lead to happiness However is it possible that having the same possessions could lead one to self destruction In the story The Rocking Horse Winner DH Lawrence depicts an example of how the pursuit of materialistic items will lead to destruction Graham Greene also exemplifies the pursuit of material satisfaction in the form of notoriety in the story The Destructors However this also leads down a path to destruction Lawrence and Greene argue that the pursuit of material possessions or striving for social credibility may lead to a false sense of happiness but this same pursuit could also lead one to self destruction Both stories have characters believing that the pursuit of material possessions will lead to happiness In The Rocking Horse Winner Pauls mother in her search for happiness equates having stuff to her social status which is illustrated by her statement they felt themselves superior to anyone in the neighborhood Lawrence 302 This woman yearns for notoriety The mother had a small income the father had a small income but not nearly enough for the social position Lawrence 302 To achieve this goal she believes that money is a necessity To her money is the solution to her happiness However one of her problems is that the more she acquires the more she wants The author illustrates this ultimate desire by showing what happened when the household gains more possessions And yet the voices in the house simply trilled and screamedthere must be more money Oh-h-h there must be more money Oh now now-w Now-w there must be more money - more than ever Lawrence 311 The money from Paul does not quench her thirst but rather only makes her more thirsty In The Destructors Trevor brings up the idea to
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