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In the short story The Rocking-Horse Winner D H Lawrence uses the character of the mother to emphasize what can happen to a family when a family mistakes money for love The story is based around a small family that is in need of more money or so they think The young boy Paul is determined to be lucky and to somehow provide enough money so that he and the rest of his family can be happy Lawrence uses the characters perception of money along with irony in The Rocking-Horse Winner to show how misconceptions of luck and money can inevitably cause the destruction of the family The mother started life with all the advantages but she had no luck373 She was determined that the cause of her unluckiness was her husband It could not be any fault of her own as to her financial standing Although both parents had a tendency to live in style it was the mother that would tell the children that is why it is better to be born luck than rich If youre rich you may loose your money But if youre lucky you will always get more money 374 When Paul tells his mother that he is lucky she laughs at him He could not possible be lucky he did not have any money In her mind money luck and love all meant the same thing and she had none Just as any other young boy would want to do Paul wanted desperately to please and gain the love of his mother If he could just show her that he was successful Surely then she would love him Paul had taken her advice and he had made his own luck and turned that into success Even though Paul was successful at choosing the winners at horse races he still was unsuccessful at gaining the love of his mother In the end no one was lucky or
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