Comparison Of ' The Rocking Horse Winner ' Essay

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Compare and Contrast Theme of Two Stories
The theme of the stories illustrated by Kennedy and Gioia (2013), “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence (p. 234-245), and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (p. 90-99) share some likenesses and differences. The authors use some of the related themes in different ways. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner” establishes the main character is a young boy known as Master Paul. The story shows the Master Paul’s character as a strong spirited young boy attempting to help his mother overcome adversity. The young boy associates his mother’s love with money and is willing to wager and take chances on his life for mom, although she does not love him or any of his siblings. The story’s cynicism relates to living in a materialistic world, the love of money (greed) and love for human beings assimilating money with life’s mystical luck. Hawthorne’s story, “Young Goodman Brown” portrays the life of a man with delusional experiences that bring change in his life upon meeting up with the devil, although his story is not clear whether he has illusionary experiences or if the events occurring during the late night hours really transpire. After his night encounter and the realization of living in a deceitful civilization, he develops a deep concern about trust and hypocrisy. The characters in the stories convey meaning to the different themes in each story. These themes hold a persuasive disposition to each character in several…

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