“The Rocking Horse Winner” short story could be contrasted to “The Rocking Horse Winner” movie due to the added scenes and information in the film.
As the movie begins, there is an added scene where Hester and Richard is bantering back and forth about how their bank account is overdrawn from Richard’s gambling. Hester continually pesters Richard about his second job interview and questions him repeatedly about whether he received an offer. Both characters arrived at an impasse when Hester scrutinized Richard for having fun with his gambling addiction and Richard attempted to claim that her high-class lifestyle was partially the reason why they are in debt.
The lifestyle of the family was depicted more heavily in the movie rather than the short story. The houses interior design was accented by lavish rugs and Victorian furniture. Hester belonged to a committee meeting group which had an annual charity ball. The family also had servants who did all of their errands- including Christmas shopping.
In the movie, Paul received the rocking horse for Christmas. He snuck down in the living room Christmas eve night to try to see what is was while it was still wrapped. That was not the only private investigating he did in the movie, though.
Throughout the beginning of the movie, Paul was seen spying a lot on his parents to figure out why they were always arguing or having anxiety written all over their faces. There was an added scene where his parents and uncle were discussing their ever-expanding financial problems outside on the porch of their house. This was followed by an intense scene where Hester was confronted by a debt collector.
A bailiff showed up at her front door and demanded forty dollars in cash because he was there to collect an over-due balance. At first, she refused. The bailiff said, “Ok, but I am not leaving until I get my claim.” She ended up pawning several of her designer dresses and suitcase for the total. That was a complete...