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The Rocking Horse Winner August 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fuklove @ 3:45 pm

In The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence, how does Paul visualize the idea of luck?

The idea of luck that Paul has is that luck is related to money, on how much you earn or have. This idea comes from his mother that told him this when he asked her if she was lucky.

As Paul rides his rocking horse, he is somehow able to identify the names of winning racehorses. He bets on these horses and wins money. At the end of the story, however, Paul dies as a result of riding his rocking horse. What does the rocking horse symbolize, or represent, in the story?

The rocking horse symbolizes the hardships of being obsessed in earning money. It also tells us that everything in excess is bad.

What types of relationships exist among the family members in the story? What keeps the family members, especially Paul and his mother, connected to each other?

The family was kind of split apart because of the search of money they needed to maintain their lifestyle. The uncle kept close to help them with the family depts. What keeps connected the mother and Paul is that Paul wants to see her mother happy and he will do whatever he can to make her happy.

In the final line of the story, Uncle Oscar tries to comfort his sister by saying that Paul is “best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking horse to find a winner”. What does Uncle Oscar mean? Do you agree with him? Explain your answer.

He means that Paul is better gone that to spent his young life trying to earn money to help her mother. I agree with this statement because the mothers desire to earn money made Paul so eager to win money to make her happy.

Consider the importance of class, or one’s position in society, to the characters in The Rocking-Horse Winner. How does it compare with yours?

They were members of the high class but the problem is that they have trouble earning money to maintain that position. I`m not a member of the high society.


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