The family’s expenditure exceeds its income and creates unspoken tension and this affects the relationships in the family.Paul and his two sisters recognize this tension and Paul even alleges that he can hear the house whispering, “” (Lawrence, 1926).
The theme is shown through the characters and their actions.
Lawrence, the emphasis on luck, materialism and money by Paul's loved ones drives him apart, and all he seeks is love and acceptance.
Indeed, her lack of love for her children is shown when the author writes, “only she herself knew that at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody” (Lawrence, 1926).
While everyone thinks of her as a great parent, only she knows that her heart is hard and cannot love, not even her children who need it very much.
The main characters in the short story, Paul and Hester, are in search of love.
Paul’s mother, Hester, entered marriage with a handsome man because of love, but the love died.
This desire for luck was so severe that she won't even love her children or husband because of their lack of luck.
Paul accepts his mother's desire and thinks luck is an important trait to have.
For example, when Paul explains to his mother that he's lucky and God told him, his mother responds bitterly, "I hope he did dear!
" This demonstrates the mother's great regard for luck and for those she loves to be lucky.