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Name Instructor Course Date Outline Introduction Overview and Background information on ‘‘The Rocking Horse Winner’’ by Lawrence, H.D Thesis Statement Body Paragraphs Greed Heartlessness Materialism Neglect Conclusion Critical Analysis Written in 1920 by D. H. Lawrence, "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is a famous short story which centers on the life of Paul, a boy who through Hester’s, his mother, teaching believes in luck. He bases his fortune on his ability to predict racehorse winners. To fulfill his heart’s desire for love and attention, Paul uses his ‘luck’ to generate money to try to quench his mother’s materialism. In the end, he dies a neglected son. Lawrence goes out of his way to bring out the impact of a mother’s greed, materialism, neglect, and heartlessness on a fragile and intelligent child whose only want is love. Lawrence depicts Hester’s antagonistic nature through exhibiting her sheer greed. "Quite moderately nice," is the answer she gives Paul when he aks if she received something good for her birthday, having gone through her letters (485). This response is despite her son bequeathing her with a generous amount of five thousand pounds that he had won during the horse races. To compound matters, she visits the lawyer through whom the money was channeled to, and feigning being in debt; she asks the lawyer to give her the whole amount instead of one thousand pounds per annum for five years. Paul and Uncle Oscar consult, and the former agree to fulfill his mother’s wishes with the hope of getting more money in future races. Hester’s greed cannot decipher the significance of saving for the future. The presence of

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