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The Rocking-Horse Loser D H Lawrences The Rocking-Horse Winner transports us into a world where a boy feeling that his mother does not love him gambles to compel her to give him what he craves We realize quickly that Paul conceives his scheme under the influence of his mother For though she responds with the technically correct explanation or definition when her son confuses the meaning of lucre with that of luck the boy senses that his mothers convictions and conduct are rooted in the same mistake coming from a gambling family to her everything in life depends on luck And though young Paul has extraordinary luck betting on horses to secretly supply his mother with large sums of money which he expects to silence the whispers that haunt all her children naturally he does not succeed in buying her love As a matter of fact his ever more frantic efforts result in his death Far from allowing the outcome to be attributed to chance Lawrence encourages us to conclude that the mother is to blame for Pauls death in this fairy tale-like short story The fundamentals of this story involve a boys desire to be loved In the beginning of The Rocking-Horse Winner Lawrence explains that the mother is lost and lonely in her life This mother overtime became empty of love for both her husband and her children The boy Paul could sense her spoiled heart and forever longed to be loved and appreciated by his mother Although it is not deliberately said in the story both the mother and father were big spenders and their income never came near to satisfying their lifestyle This situation was rarely discussed but there was always a whisper reminding the children of their parents situation Lawrence describes the content of the eerie whisper in this quote And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase There must be more money
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