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This whole story is about, being lucky. A boy named Paul who asked her mother why they are not rich. His mother said this is because your father has no luck. However, Paul was convinced that he could find his own luck. His drive to find luck was fueled by the whispers that he heard throughout the house there must be more money.
He thought that if he found luck he would be able to make the whispers stop. Therefore, Paul would ride like crazy on an old rocking horse he had in his bedroom. He thought that if he rode long enough he would eventually find luck. Then he developed a habit of betting on horse
races with his partner,
Paul said that all he did was ride his rocking horse until something in his head told him who the winner would be; therefore, his uncle got closer to him. When the biggest race of the year came around he rode his horse all night like a madman, for that is what he had become. He eventually knew who would win but ended up dying during the night without having been able to enjoy the eight thousand pounds that he had won for
“The Rocking-Horse Winner”is about a family whose parents are so confused about their own values, about the relative importance of love and money. They have committed their lives to the external world and money.
For example, Hester, the mother, is pathetically superficial. She thinks that she is unable to love her children. (paragraph I—only she herself knew that at the centre…) However, in the end of the story, we could tell that she loves Paul as other mothers love their children. (the last page)
According to something in his head told him who the winner would be; therefore, his uncle got closer to him. When the biggest race of the year came around he rode his horse all night like a madman, for that is what he had become. He eventually knew who would win but ended up dying during the night without having been able to enjoy the eight thousand pounds that he had won for Lawrence’s definition, the way to live is according to what you are, not what you think you should be made over into; knowing yourself, not external standards.The mother, refusing to clarify what her emotions really are (dare not to admit her love to the children), hopes to control herself and her world by acting “gentle and anxious for her children.” She tries to act what she thinks she should be, not taking adequate notice of what she is and needs. Till the end, Paul collapses. Some deep source of her affection has been released.
Similarly, something in his head told him who the winner would be; therefore, his uncle got closer to him. When the biggest race of the year came around he rode his horse all night like a madman, for that is what he had become. He eventually knew who would win but ended up dying during the night without having been able to enjoy the eight thousand pounds that he had won for Paul has a need for affection which he cannot understand and manage. Thus, he attempts to cover this lack of self-knowledge with knowledge about the external world(horse racing→making money→pleases his mother)which he hopes will bring him the love he needs.
Lawrence says: “The real way of living is to answer to one’s wants.” Nevertheless, both Paul and his mother ignore their true feelings and become the slaves of the external standards. They bring themselves miserable ending.
As we know, Lawrence mentions sex in most of his works. There is no exception in “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” From the first paragraph (she had bonny children,…) , the rhyming verbthrusthas suggested us that Hester’s dissatisfaction is, in large part, sexual. In the story, the money is a symbolic substitute for love and affection, and ultimately for sperm (精液). To Paul, showing his mother that he has luck which his father doesn’t have is the only way to win his mother’s affection and release the whispering around the house. He must have the lucre which comes of luck.
When he sends his mother the birthday present of five thousand pounds hoping to alleviate her problems, his present only makes her colder and more luxurious. At the same time, the house is throughout the voice of his mother’s ideal sexual craving: “There must be more money…” (p. 315).This passage is a mimetic representation of a woman in the throes (掙扎) of sexual climax. However, it is a climax which only titillates (使興奮) without fulfilling. His mother’s lust for lucre is greedy; for fulfilling her appetite, Paul has to drive his luck harder and die exhaustedly after all.
A corpse—that is what Paul becomes after the last riding of the rocking-horse.
“The Rocking Horse Winner” is a story about the devastating effects that money can have on a family, and further that Lawrence’s specific objections in the story are not to money abstractly conceived, but to money as it is understood and valued by capitalist culture. The story is a mordant commentary on the distorted and self-destructive values of the upper middle-class and of many of us living in a capitalist, money dominated society.Money and Capitalism
The house is haunted by the ghost of money, whispering repeatedly the terrible command, “There must be more money!”
Money is the symbolic substitutes for love and affection. To Paul, money isn’t a
good in itself—it is only a way to win his mother’s affection.
“The boy saw him did not believe him… and made him want to compel her affection.”
Paul is driven to his death by the inflexible money mindedness of his parents. The Love of money somehow interferes with the life process.
vividly the sort of work that arises
under capital. Simply put, he is a
laborer of hid mother.
component of Capitalism.
Paul is isolated from his parents,
his sisters and even the world.
The relationship between husband and wife is obviously cold and boring. They married for love, but when the passion of love passed away, their postnuptial life become tedious. Besides, the husband doesn’t have a good social position and miss the promotion in his job. Therefore, the wife begins to complain about the husband’s unlucky and pursues material needs. However, they still keep the superficial harmony of the family.
“There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love but the love had turned to dust.” (p 307 L. 1-3)
“ devastating effects that money can have on a familyAlthough they lived in style, they felt always an anxiety in the house. There was never enough money. The mother had a small income, and the father had a small income, but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up. The father went into town to some office. But though he had good prospects, these prospects never materialized. There was always the grinding sense of the shortage of money, though the style was always kept up. ”
The relationship between parents and children is quite indifferent. The parents are too busy in keeping their fame, profits, and social position to take care of their children. Nevertheless, children, especially at the age of Paul, need the love and care from parents. Thus, Paul, in order to attract his mother’s attention and piece together the whole family, gambles the horse-racing and gives the money reward to his mother. However, his mother is not satisfied with the money, she wants more and more and finally causes the death of Paul.
Paul Mother Romance -- Reality
(Money, Social position.)
Family = Society
Mother = Materialism
Paul = sacrifice
= civilized men
= spiritual life
Whispering = Desire