What Is the Conflict in the Short Story "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?


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The conflict in the short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence stems from Hester's unhappiness with her marriage and her belief that more money will satisfy all her family's wants and desires. The story's conflict spurs the main protagonist, Paul, to look for ways on how to earn money for his family, and his inspiration on how to generate money comes to him whenever he rides his rocking-horse.

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In the story, Paul eventually finds a way to make money and it was through his talented betting at horse races. Paul soon discovers, however, that the money he earns does not give his family the satisfaction that he expected it would. In the end, Paul dies still trying to earn more money for his mother and family. "The Rocking-Horse Winner" was first published in 1926.

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