Capitalism in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”

| May 19, 2014

Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a symbolic representation of social life under the influence of Capitalism. According to Watkins (295) capitalism has an influence on all aspects of life in the contemporary society. In the short story, Lawrence demonstrates the destructive impact of money on a household. However, his story is against the value attached to money by the capitalist society and culture. Although Paul and his family live in a considerably rich neighborhood, the family is always complaining that they have inadequate money. Lawrence (1) posits that the family “lived in style”. The fact the family has a pleasant house and domestic servants imply that the family was rich. A poor family cannot afford to pay the salaries of domestic servants. Despite this apparent wealth, throughout the play, the house is haunted by the phrase that “there must be more money.”

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