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Summary An analysis on DH Lawrences Rocking Horse Winner Specifically discusses how through the characterization symbolism and language of the short story Lawrence successfully creates a materialistic image I Written in 1933 DH Lawrences short story The Rocking Horse Winner illustrates the consumptive nature of materialism Through the use of characterization and symbolism the author successfully portrays a greedy and cold hearted mother Hester to convey to the readers that materialism isolates one from love and ultimately leads to destruction IITo begin with the author depics Hesters coldness and inability to love anybody except herself She married for love and the love turned to dust She had bonny children yet she felt they had been thrust upon her and she could not love them Lawrence asserts that because Hester is dissatisfied with her life she becomes preoccupied with searching for material comfort However The failure made deep lines come into her face and gradually turns the center of her heart into a hard little place that could not feel love no not for anybody She is so concerned with herself that she pays no attention to her children and is unable to create a healthy relationship with them Hester describes her husband as an unlucky husband With this expression it is easy to see that Hester does not love her husband and blames him for his incapability of making money Lawrence uses this phrase to demonstrate Hesters inability to love and imply that her cravings for money is what turns her love to dust and causes the failure of her marriage Through the descriptions of Hesters attitudes towards her husband and children Lawrence paints a vivid image of a neglectful wife and mother and states that dissatisfaction and excessive materialistic desires are the cause of all the miseries in Hesters life On the other hand Pauls innocence is the contrast of his mothers materialistic greed He consistently tries to earn
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