The Rocking Horse Winner and The Crucible

4 April 2015
A comparative analysis of D.H. Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

This essay compares and contrasts the D.H. Lawrence short story “The Rocking Horse Winner” with Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. Love and hate, sin and forgiveness are the themes explored in this comparative analysis.
The short story by D.H. Lawrence and the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller are worlds apart in time and place. The Rocking Horse takes place in England in more modern times, while the Crucible is in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1700’s. Yet despite this there are some similarities in the theme of both. The Rocking-Horse Winner is a short story. The mother feels no real love for her husband or children. All she wants is money. That is her only love and the only affection she wants. The boy realizes this and attempts to give his mother what she wants most. As the people accused of witchcraft in Salem are isolated, so is the child as he rides his rocking horse to find the name of the winner of the race. The mother is greedy and heartless. The ministers and judges in the Crucible are greedy and money is their God.
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