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Compare & Contrast “The Rocking Horse Winner” and “The Destructors” In comparing and contrasting Graham Green’s “The Destructors” and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner”, many things must be considered. The story’s are considerable different yet they both carry the same message of poverty and materialism. “The Rocking Horse Winner” is more fantasy than reality while “The Destructors” portrays a more realistic story. Both stores focus on the conflicts of the characters while facing poverty and adversity. When comparing the emotional aspects of the characters in both stories it is clear that their characteristics affect the plot of the stories. For instance; Trevor, although not the leader of the Wormsley Gang, but clearly desiring to be, becomes angry after visiting the home of Mr. Thomas. “T” as he is called, convinces the other gang members to help him destroy the home of Mr. Thomas’, also known as “Old Misery”. It was clear that “T” and the gang were somewhat disgusted in Old Misery’s obsession with hording his wealth while neglecting his house. In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul’s mother desperately desires a richer life that cannot be supported on her husband’s income, and blames him for her despairing life. She even tells Paul that she was lucky before she got married, equating luck with wealth. There are surprising similarities in the themes of both stories. Both evolve around the lives of children. In “The Rocking Horse Winner” Paul relates his mother’s disappointment with her life with the mood of the house. The outside of the house appears normal, however inside the house is mournful and he believes it is constantly whispering “there must be more money, there must be more money”. Whereas his mother appears normal on the outside, he knows she does not love him on the inside. In “The Destructor’s” the boys of the Wormsley

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