The Rocking-Horse Winner Grandmother

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, Hester which is Pauls mother is not an valiable woman in many ways. We learnt that she has the looks, married for love which “turns to dust,” and has “bonny” children. Yet, Hester claims she has no luck, with a lot of advantages." Though her children are lovely, she feels as if "they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them." She had a good life, but chose to find faults to ruin it all. Does she have similarities to the stepmother in “Cinderella,” the sense that money is important to her, and she seems to be fairly discontented and bitter with life? However, she is not willingly hateful or calculated as the stepmother. Her longing for money is so abundant but doesn't lead her to…show more content…
In fact, the husbands name is never told in the story, somewhat hint to the feelings of dislike towards him. But you must wonder why she dislikes her husband so much and why she no longer loves him. Hester states not that he is unlucky, but his misfortune causes a lack of income which is challenging to maintain the appearance of the family. “When her children were around, she always felt the center of her heart “go hard.” This caused trouble in her, and in her presence she was all the more gentle and anxious for her children, as if she loved them. Only herself knew that at the center of her heart was a hard place that she could not feel love for anyone.” The family is described as living beyond their means but needed to keep up the appearance of having wealth and social standing. Hester and her family live in a fine house in a higher neighborhood and has servants and nice things. Hester is unhappy and wants more, she worries about why she is not favorable, by having a loving husband, beautiful children, and clearly not a good mother, she has to work hard just to feel "as if" she loves her “bonny”…show more content…
Though she constantly feels she needs more, when Hester gets it she is not thankful. Paul realizes he has a secret connection with his wooden horse. Paul would sit on his rocking horse, gazing madly into space, with a situation that made people feel uneasy. Fiercely the horse flew the waving dark hair of the boy, his eyes had a strange glare in them. Paul would slash his wooden horse on the neck with the little whip he asked his Uncle Oscar for. Paul knew his horse could take him to where there was luck, if only he forced it. So he would mount onto the horse again and start on his fierce ride madly surging to hoping at last to get there. When he had road to the end of his journey, he climbed down, stood in front of his rocking-horse, staring into its lowered face. It's red mouth slightly open, its big mysterious eyes wide and glassy-bright. Paul had never been to a race before, and his wide eyes were blue fire. Paul starts making money and put it in an account for his mother so she felt that Paul is lucky. She kept taking with no gratitude till she quickly spends it on making appearances better, all without ever expressing any thankfulness. Its as if she deserves it, though, ironically, she never feels worthy. Paul climbed down from his horse with a burst of light, suddenly lit him up, as he praised the wooden horse, Pauls eyes blazed at his mother for a strange and senseless moment, as he

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