The Rocking-Horse Winner

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THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER Every human being desires to rise in life or society; it's how we get there that determine our consequences, Greed has no boundaries with social inequality, however the innocent pay the maximum price. Once goals are accomplished, who's to say if the craving is satisfied? People are never happy with what they have, it's human nature. The more one gets the more one wants.

Greed is powerful, and easy to submit to. In this story, Hester, the mother symbolizes greed in middle class society. "She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them" (225). The quote creates an image of how cold the mother is towards her children. Hester stopped respecting and loving her husband, once he was unable to provide her with all her extravagant taste.

Hester blames their financial failure to her "unlucky" husband. The situation made her grow bitter. Hester's priorities; obviously not the children but her greed, has made her unable to display any affection toward the children. The mother and father, selfish and indifferent regarding the children, leaving them to a nanny's care and having little to deal with the children. Hester's worries are to uphold the family's social position, to acquire more money to hide her inadequacies. It's fair to say few mothers' stay home with there children. One can get caught up with society, and succumb to it. What of the children, no parent's around means; daycares, after school programs, and babysitters. Little by little pushing children away, as an obstacle to greediness. All for what, a bigger house and fancier car. Deprive the innocent to indulge on greed. Children feeling abandon, attention and affection replaced by materialistic objects, knowing...



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