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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Rocking Horse Winner by DH Lawrence are both stories that contain the theme of love but unlike ordinary love the authors present the theme in a twisted way Although the common theme of love is presented in both stories the kinds of love are different In Faulkners story Emily is romantically in love with a man whereas in Lawrences story Pauls love for his mother is maternal The morbid stories both end in the death of the protagonists Although both of the stories present love as the cause of tragedy it is the story of Emily that presents a more twisted view of love as she possesses the power and control of her own life and actions In difference Paul is powerless and has no control He relies only on himself to try and win the love of his mother The following essay will compare the two stories on their twisted views of love Both Emily Grierson and Paul suffer from Oedipus Complexes In Faulkners story Emilys obsession for her father is shown in the story when she refuses to give up his rotting corpse for three days Emily continues to keep her fathers spirit alive by falling for Homer Baron because he carries a Horsewhip resembling her deceased father Her father was the only male figure in her life and the only one she could ever be allowed to love His impact on Emily causes her to go to many extremes one being that she murders her first and only lover other than her father Homer Baron In difference Paul wants to gain his mothers love by finding luck for the family By taking on the role of his father Paul rides his rocking horse with fury in hopes of finding
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