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The Hidden Truth The plot in The Rocking-Horse Winner by D H Lawrence reveals to the reader conflicts between Paul and his mother using different levels or forms of secrecy There are secrets hidden throughout the house that leads Paul and his mother to an unpleasant life The first level of secrecy is the actual secrets that Paul and Pauls mother keep from each other The second form of secrecy is that D H Lawrence uses a story telling style of writing This way of writing in itself holds many secrets Finally the third level of secrecy is through the use of symbolism Pauls mother tries to show others that she is a good mother even though at the center of her heart is a hard place that could not feel love no not for anybody Lawrence 524 The children know their mother has this block for love and it is Pauls goal to find love from his mother His mothers only obsession is to have money According to W R Martin Pauls mother feels that if she has money her problems will disappear and she can obtain that high social class she does not deserve to be in 65 This adds conflict because there is a child that is neglected by his mother and a mother who is only interested in herself and the social class she lives in Pauls secrets add conflict in the story because the secrets separate him and his mother and eventually lead him to his death Paul rides a wooden rocking horse that his parents gave to him as a gift While riding a voice will sometimes magically whisper the next weeks winner in the upcoming horse races Without his mother knowing Paul will ask the young gardener Bassett to place bets on horse races behind her back Then he gives his mother all the money that he earns hoping it will solve her problems There is a
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