The Rocking Horse Winner Essay

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Winning the Ultimate Prize, Death
THESIS: “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson are quite different by quite similar as well. Both authors use Gambling, love and having no love as themes. Gambling in the “Lottery” is right there upfront and in your face straight from reading the title to the announcement of the winner. Lotteries are a form of gambling. In the “Rocking Horse Winner” it’s not so in your face but comes about half way when Paul the son starts to bet on horses as well as his life.
In the “Lottery” the uncontested love of their tradition is overwhelming to the point where death cannot change it or change them. In “The Rocking Horse Winner” the lack of love in this house is so strong the
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Lawrence there would be some sort of joy and happiness since both appear by title to have a winner. The “Lottery” immediately spells “Winner” because lotteries always produce one. “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” says there is a “Winner” in the title.
These short stories will give you a scary view of “Winning” and the shocking ultimate ending in the so-called winner’s demise.
In the “Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence the protagonist in this story is Paul who is a very young boy who is deeply caring and worried about his mother. He is imaginative and compulsive. He is easily manipulated because of his age and a worrier. Paul feels his mother doesn’t love him and wants now to impress her. He hears constantly complaining from both parents whispering all the time that they do not have money and always singing the same phrase “It has to be more money” Paul mistakes what his parents are saying by needing more money is connected to not having more. Paul’s efforts to make his mom believe he is lucky becomes out of control. "Well, anyhow," Paul said stoutly, "I'm a lucky

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