The home in which the story is told is described as pleasant, complete with a garden. The family has luxury items such as nice toys, a pleasant and quiet country home, and the family is said to have servants (286).
The settings of both stories, while taking place in post war England, are obviously different. One is a setting of devastation and destruction, while the other is a setting of beauty and bounty. Not surprisingly then, the mood is also different in each story.
The mood of “The Rocking horse Winner” is clearly stated as anxious as the author writes “Although they lived in style, they felt always an anxiety in the house. There was never enough money.” The mood of anxiety remains constant throughout the story as Paul is ever anxious in trying to secure his mother’s love. Likewise, his mother is always anxious about never having enough money. But her anxiety is not centered on having enough money to provide for her family. Rather, her desire to have more money stems from a materialistic point of view to keep up her family’s social position.
The constant battle of anxiety in the story leads to a sad twist of fate. Though the family seemingly had many material possessions, there was never enough to satisfy Paul’s mother. She always wanted more, and when she was given more she desired to have more than what was given. Her desire to have more material possessions replaced her desire and ability to love her children. Paul