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The Rocking Horse Winner is the story of a boys gift for picking the winners in horse races An omniscient narrator relates the tale of a boy whose family is always short of money His mother is incapable of showing love and is obsessed with the status that material wealth can provide This paper will explore the premise that DH Lawrence presented the figure of the mother as the villain a loathsome unloving character with no commitment to genuine values This evil mother figure will ultimately be the male-destroyer by turning her nameless husband away and in essence killing her young son Paul Hester Pauls mother is incapable of loving others Only she herself knew that at the center of her heart was a hard little place that could feel no love no not for anybody Only she herself and her children themselves knew They read it in each others eyes RHW The mother is not only obsessed with money but she is also irresponsible with the money she does get When Paul arranges through his attorney to give her a thousand pounds a month from his winnings she immediately begs for the entire amount However instead of paying her debts she spends the money on new things for the house This results in an even greater need for more money She also does not express any thanks for this sudden windfall depriving Paul of the joy of providing the much-needed income for his family She was down to breakfast on the morning of her birthday Paul watched her as she read her letters He knew the lawyers letter As his mother read it her face hardened and became more expressionless Then a cold and determined look came on her mouth RHW The vivid description of the mothers face hardening and her look a cold one is characteristic of a villainous woman- the femme-fatale Paul asked her if she has received anything nice in the
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