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The Rocking Horse Winner by D H Lawrence was first published in Harpers Bazaar magazine in July 1926 and includes many similarities to Lawrences own life The storys financial strife domestic relations and sentiments toward love are paralleled by his real life and are affected by a desire for money The financial situation of the family in the story has resemblances to his own In the story the mother attempts to live in a higher social position than they can afford This leads to a shortage of money and is emphasized by the whispering of There must be more money In Lawrences life his mother Lydia also had a desire for social status She believed that through her childrens success she could somehow reclaim her family image which was lost after her parents financial disaster As a child Lydia had worked at lace drawing for the lace industry and later as an adult opened a clothing shop to supplement the family income The mother of the story briefly worked in a studio with an artist sketching furs and dress materials to bring additional money as well Domestic relations in the story are also similar to his real life The father of the story is only vaguely present at the beginning Lawrences father became increasingly absent in their lives Working by day and drinking at night Arthur Lawrence was alienated and treated by his wife as a drunken neer do well even though they never did without In the story the mother felt that the reason for them being poor was because she married an unlucky husband and blamed him for bad luck in financial prospects even though they lived better than most Love expressed in the story also has a similarity to his life His mother married his father for love but became very unhappy his story plainly states in the exposition that She married for love and the love turned to
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