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Mans Inability to Cope with Reality Like many pieces of art it is difficult to interpret and analyze short stories The plot and theme in short stories are often undeveloped and not very detailed therefore the true meaning of the story can easily go unnoticed by the reader DH Lawrences The Rocking Horse Winner and Willa Cathers Pauls Case are both short stories which on the surface seem very one-dimensional yet through proper analysis acquire a deeper meaning The Rocking Horse Winner is the story of a young boy Paul who rides his rocking horse in search of luck Paul does this so that his mother would value him and to quiet the voices that are heard coming from the house Cathers story Pauls Case is also a story that incorporates the characteristics of a quest It too is a selfish expedition as Cathers Paul is in pursuit of a fantasy lifestyle which is restricted by reality Both stories leave the reader with a sense of incompleteness It is not until one analyzes the plot and the predominant theme similar in both stories that one can actually derive any meaning from them Through these stories both Lawrence and Cather express a message about how peoples inability to live realistically can result in tragedy The plot in both stories has many differences and similarities as the stories evolve but the outcome of both is reasonably similar At first glance The Rocking Horse Winner is a dreadful tale about a selfish mother and her son who tries desperately to make his mother content by giving his mother what she wants not what she needs On the surface it appear as if the son Paul rides his rocking horse for his mother but the when looking into the story one is able to realize that the Paul is just as narcissistic as his mother He became wild eyed and strange as if something were going to
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