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Compare and Contrast Once Upon a Time and The Rocking Horse Winner There are similarities and differences between Nadine Gordimers Once Upon a Time and D H Lawrences The Rocking Horse Winner Both works take the reader on an emotional journey that deliver a social message with an impact The authors investigate fear a motherchild relationship as well as the death of a child The plot character development foreshadowing and repetition are also worthy topics for evaluation The social message Ms Gordimer tackles is that you cannot protect yourself from the evils of society Because of their fears the family in the story invites horror to their dwelling through an ever-expanding security system Fear leads to paranoia paranoia to tragedy As the little boy living out his fantasies becomes ensnarled in his parents obsession the tragedy unfolds and everyone is left searching for answers The tale draws a clear parallel to a child shot by the family gun or attacked by a guard dog purchased to protect property In contrast D H Lawrence assesses the entrapments of gambling He profiles a boy obsessed with winning at the horse track in order to please his mother Fear in this story resides in the boys mind as he struggles to prove his luck to his mother His mother equates luck to money henceforth driving the child to accumulate money and in his mind become lucky The mothers assumptions push the boy to the brink and beyond in an effort to determine which horse will win the race The two mothers in the stories view their roles in child rearing quite differently unfortunately yielding the same results The authors reveal that even the best of intentions can have disastrous results In Once Upon a Time the doting mother attempts to insulate the child from the outside world and provide for his every need Failing to heed the warnings the mother insists on intensifying
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