The Rocking-Horse Winner Thesis

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Fiction Essay ENGL 102: Composition and Literature Summer B 2014 APA Thesis Statement “The Destructors” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” provide similarities and differences of use of characters and theme to portray real life issues. Outline I. Introduction a. Thesis Statement b. Similarities of Setting II. Overview of the Characters a. “The Destructors” by Graham Green i. Development of child character ii. Development of adult character b. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence i. Development of child character ii. Development of adult character III. Overview of the theme of Greed a. Emotional Greed b. Materialistic Greed IV. Conclusion a. Restate thesis b. Use of child or grown…show more content…
Greed does not always have to be money-based as in “The Destructors”. Trevor is emotionally greedy with his desire to destroy Old Misery’s house. He sees the house still standing despite all the destruction around it and this is emotionally parallel to what has happened in his own life. Trevor’s father’s history as an architect, who now is a clerk, fuels Trevor’s anger towards an architect whose house is still standing. Paul also has an element of emotional greed in “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” He is trying to win the love of his mother and is obsessive about doing so. Paul could not care less about money, but knows this is the way to his mother’s heart. Both stories however have a materialistic greed as well. Interestingly, the materialistic greed is rooted in the adult characters of the story. Mr. Thomas is very greedy with his money. He has the means to fix his home and plumbing but he refused. He hid all his money in the mattress rather than putting trust in a bank. In Lawrence’s story, Paul’s mother was very materialistic and greedy. She feels as if she deserves a certain lifestyle and is even quite verbal about it. She has everything a person could want, but yet feels as if she has nothing. Greed, in both stories, led to major loss. Mr. Thomas lost his money in the mattress and his home. Paul’s mother lost her very own son due to her

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