Beowulf

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Beowulf

The Rocking-Horse Winner The main themes in " The Rocking-Horse Winner" are the pursuit of
love and luck. Both of the main characters in " The Rocking-Horse Winner", Hester and
Paul, are in pursuit of love. First the mother, Hester married for love, and the love
faded, she gained children from her marriage, but she could not love them. Nowhere in her
life does she find love for anyone but herself. The closest thing to love that comes to
her she rejects. That comes in the form of her young son Paul. Her feelings towards her
children, especially, Paul, is exemplified when her children are around, she always feels
the center of her heart go hard. Everybody thought of her as a great mother who loved her
children, but only she knew that her heart was a hard little place that could not feel
love not for anyone, not even her children who desperately need it. Success for Hester is
acquiring more wealth to hide her inadequacies. Their family was poor, although they
didn't appear to be. The mother spent the money that they had and more at times, its human
nature to want more. She simply was following the implications of society and have money
and live large. Paul had a conversation with his mother about luck. From this talk he
decides that her love is to be bought with love and luck. To her luck is something that
brings money; if you are lucky you can keep the money. Paul assumed if he would get lucky
and give her money she would become happy. Her happiness would then succeed into love for
him, or so he thought. His mother became greedier than ever, she cared more about money
than loving her son. Paul accumulates money from horse races. Basset the gardener, Oscar
the uncle and Paul were associated with the betting scheme, yet keeping it unknown to the
mother. Paul had the ability of picking the winning horse at a race if he felt absolutely
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