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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, the family was unable to see what they really had going for them,

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Crosswhite 2 Corrupted Conformity Many times, people believe that they must achieve a certain social status within a community due to the need of acceptance, or perhaps, simply the fear of being rejected. Communities normally demonstrate a positive atmosphere. They are supposed to be places where everyone knows and is kind to one another; one where people feel comfortable with each other. Although the idea of community and solidarity is usually something to be looked at in a positive way, as illustrated in "The Rocking-Horse Winner", "The Lottery", and "The Shining Houses", certain individuals suffer greatly when they are presented with the idea, or forced, to conform. In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, the family was unable to see what they really had going for them, or more so the mother, until it was gone. The mother was so concerned with the fact that she had no money, and what the town would think of her. ...read more.


The uncle concludes the story by saying: "But, poor devil, poor devil, he's best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner" (Lawrence 34). In other words, he was already a Crosswhite 3 winner, but no one saw that, the mother was blinded because of her greater desire for wealth. When people are used to something and have done it for so long, they are very reluctant to change. "The Lottery" is a perfect example of this. The word 'lottery' in this story is very ironic; it normally represents a positive aspect, but in this case, whoever wins the lottery, dies. It goes to show that there is definitely something wrong with the community. The people have been involved with this so-called lottery for years, "Listening to the young folks, nothing's good enough for them...There's always been a lottery" (Jackson 5), and believe that without it, they would have an unsuccessful harvest season. ...read more.


All they care about is the way their community is aesthetically presented. One woman plainly states her case, and the point that all the community thinks about is how it looks to others: "It's unfortunate. We all know that. But we have to think of the community" (Munro 72). They are plainly aware that what they want is wrong, but Crosswhite 4 because they want what's best for the so-called community, they are willing to sacrifice the happiness and well-being of Mrs. Fullerton. For some people, being well-known, having money, and being recognized is more important that some of life's requirements, such as love. People are willing to sacrifice what good they have in their lives, in order to appear more appealing to others. What others think of them is their top priority. It is unfortunate that in most cases, this way of thinking has the ability to ruin a person. Why be like everyone else, when they could be their own person? Word count : 805 ...read more.

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