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The Fall of the House of Usher and The Rocking-Horse Winner DH Lawrence author of The Rocking-Horse Winner grew up in a blue collar family only to disregard his past and become a prolific writer Most of his fiction specifically The Rocking-Horse Winner is about characters caught between their unsatisfactory relationships with others and their struggle to break free Edgar Allen Poe author of The Fall of the House of Usher grew up in an aristocratic environment when he was adopted by a merchant at the age of three because his mother had died Similarly to Lawrences writing Poe uses graphic portrayal of imagery to enhance every aspect of the story from the suspense of the story itself to the wild personalities of the characters and the similarly morbid themes fundamentally present Yet the greatest similarity is in the incestuous overtones in their writings In The Rocking-Horse Winner Lawrence portrays the journey of a young man from childhood to the not-yet-ready state of adulthood in which he attempts to take over the fathers role in the family Paul the protagonist of the story hears of luck and attempts to find out what it is by asking his mother The only thing that Paul is able to find out from his conversation with his mother is that his father is not lucky and neither is his mother Already we see that Paul is looking for specialized attention from his mother he is searching for some kind of satisfaction that only he can obtain from his mother After the conclusion of this exchange between mother and son Paul decides that he must be lucky for his mother Here we see his first order desire which is to be lucky for his mother but we can glimpse a second order volition which is to be with his mother So to become lucky he does the only thing he knows how to do ride the rocking horse Lawrence
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