When a person is lucky, it doesn't not have to mean that they are fortunate with money. Luck is the chance for things to go the way you want them to go with out having any control over the situation. In The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence, the mother seems to believe that luck is strictly having money, and when there is no money, there is no luck. The mother's idea of luck meaning money brings forth the two ideas of greed and death throughout the story. .
Money plays a huge part in this story. The mother is obsessed with having more and more money. She lives the life of a woman with money, never allowing anyone to see past the family's small income. The mother was very selfish, having no love for anyone but herself. Her whole idea of money made her so selfish and hard, that she lost her husbands love, and there was no love between her children, either. .
Whispers started to wander through the house. It was from the rocking horse. The whispers said there must be more money. He thought that if he found luck he would be able to make enough money to make the whispers stop. Rocking the horse day by day and listening to the names of the horses that were going to win was the beginning of his downfall. Paul did not know anything about the consequences he was going to face. Money kept on coming and his mother was becoming more and more confused about where this luck suddenly came from. .
Paul let his uncle in on the sudden lucky streak with the rocking horse. His uncle asked no questions, just kept on betting on horses and winning large amounts of money. When the biggest race of the year came along, Paul rode the rocking horse with all his might and died that night. He had won eighty-thousand pounds without having to enjoy the his mother would of gave him for being lucky.
The theme of this story is luck, but in this case it ended up being a curse. It seemed that to be successful in this society you had to have a certain amount of luck about you to be able to make money to survive.