The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

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Rocking Horse Winner An Analysis of the Three Main Themes of Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence “Anyone can have a child and call themselves “a parent.” A real parent is someone who puts that child above their own selfish needs and wants,” quoted from Deborah Tindle. Every day, parents all over the world are hurting their children, some who don’t even realize it. Some of these parents hurt their children physically and mentally. Although, it can be debated that physical pain is only temporary while mental pain lasts much longer. While these “pains” hurt the children in the present, they can also have devastating impacts on their future. In the short story The Rocking Horse Race Winner, D.H. Lawrence tells a story about a greedy mother who…show more content…
Once Paul started his gambling habits the audience could have predicted that Paul’s gambling would ultimately be his downfall. Over time, people have learned that the body can only take so much stress. Whether it be physical or psychological pain, both can have catastrophic effects. Paul, in the short story Rocking Horse Winner, both suffered from psychological and physical pain. The psychological pain that Paul felt was from Paul obsessing over gambling. The physical pain that Paul felt was from the rocking horse that he was using. Paul believed that the harder he rode his rocking horse, the more likely he would have the names of the winners of the next race. Since Paul was riding his rocking horse so rough he eventually paid the ultimate price, “But the boy died in the night. And even as he lay dead, his mother heard her brother’s voice saying to her: ‘My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he’s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking horse to find a winner,’” page 1261. Throughout history, it has been proven that the body can only take so much physically, the first marathon runner who died after running twenty-six miles. As well as mentally, such as those who commit suicide because they simply cannot take it anymore. While people don’t always die from pushing themselves to the maximum, it can potentially hurt
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