"The Rocking Horse Winner"
People need money to survive, and enough to buy all of the basic needs to survive, but everybody
wants more money. More money means an easier way of life. The more money one has, the more
money one wishes to have, as it is shown in the story, "The Rocking Horse Winner" by D.H.
At the beginning of this story the family did not have enough money to support their opulent lifestyle.
Mr. Lawrence illustrates their situation like this: "Although they lived in style they felt always an
anxiety in the house. There was never enough money." (p. 159) The family scrambles to pay the bills
at the end of the month. An unspoken phrase "Whispered" throughout the house, "There must be
more money! There must be more money!" (p.160) the whispering said. Even though the family had
money, they wanted, they needed, more of it.
Paul, the child, knew that his family wanted money, and he knew that he was lucky, betting on the
horses. Paul became partners with the gardener. He picked the horse, and the gardener placed the
bets. Paul had started out with five shillings but his winnings kept adding up. When he had made
10,000 pounds he decided to give his mother 1000 pounds a year for five years. He wanted his
winnings to be a secret so a lawyer handled the money. Paul saw the envelope from the lawyer and
asked his mother if she had received anything good in the mail. She said "Quite moderately nice" in a
cold voice. She liked getting the money, but she wasn't happy, she wanted more.
The same day, she had a meeting with the lawyer who was handling the money. Paul's mother
demanded the full sum. She received the money and spent it all. The author of this story informs the
readers, "There were certain new furnishings, and Paul had a tutor. There were flowers in the winter,
and a blossoming of the luxury that Paul's mother had been used to." The money ran out and the...