“The Rocking Horse Winner” is about a boy named Paul who wants to win his mother’s love and attention. By giving her the life she always wanted. So, Paul is convinced that by playing on his rocking horse will reveal to him the winning horse. The winning horse would be the horse that Paul would bet on and receive a sum of money. Which, he thought would make his mother happy but would only
In Tangerine, written by Edward Bloor, the protagonist who is named Paul Fisher undergoes conflict throughout the story. He is emotionally tested throughout the book. He has to constantly compete for attention from his parents, mostly his dad, with his older brother Erik. Throughout, Paul often wonders if he is good enough and if he can ever match up to the expectations set by his revered brother, Erik. His father is so caught up in praising Erik that he leaves reasonable doubt in Paul’s mind that he will never measure up to his esteem. Paul is experiencing internal conflict throughout his emotional journey and he must discover that it isn’t necessary for him to receive approval from others
In All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy writes from the third person limited perspective of the young, poor cowboy, John Grady Cole. Because of John Grady's socioeconomic status and his age, the reader assumes that he is poorly educated and considers him more street-smart (resourceful) than book-smart (intelligent). McCarthy's style, which is characterized by a lack of quotation marks and apostrophes, except when using certain contractions, reinforces this assumption. Because all of these elements are so noticeable to readers, it makes McCarthy's point evident that his characters are simple people. This absence of quotation marks also forces the reader to pay more attention to what (s)he is reading, because otherwise (s)he either won't know
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is called an “American classic” in a detailed topic description posted on the district 's curriculum site, was being used to help students develop “an appreciation for how ethical principles or laws of life can help people live successfully,” (Camera). According to the article, Biloxi, Mississippi removed the classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to complaints about its racially charged language. The district decided to remove the book from the required reading list in reaction to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, VA. That being the case, school districts around the country are working to figure out a positive and ethical manner in which to prepare students to recognize racial discrimination
Lawrence, is a short story about a boy named Paul. This young boy lived with his unhappy mother, along with the other family members. The mother had grown to be unhappy because she had married for love instead of money and in her eyes, she was now unlucky as a result of that decision because they didn’t have much money. However, they lived a lifestyle that would appear to others that they were wealthy, but truly they were not. The young boy, Paul, had asked his mother about luck and if she was lucky herself. After her reply, he then told her that he was lucky too. Unknown to his mother, the boy gave this statement because he was secretly gambling on horse races with the aid of the family’s gardener. The gardener and the boy became very successful and became very wealthy. The boy had begun participating in this activity because he had noticed that they family was in need of money. He had noticed that the house was “haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money!” (Lawrence). It was later revealed that the boy would ride his rocking-horse until he saw the winner. He became so obsessed in this activity to gain more money for his mother as well as the house that it eventually killed
Every piece of literature has a theme from Novels to poems and even songs. In the novel Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, Paul fisher has been scared of his older brother Erik for his whole life, too scared to speak up for himself. He also has been living a lie that his family told him about how he became visually impaired. His parents thought that they were protecting him from the truth. Throughout this novel Paul Fisher learns the importance of honesty and standing up for himself. The song “Fight Song” written by Rachel Platten also has a similar theme of how it's important to speak up for yourself.
Jewel Bundren is almost as queer as his brother Darl. While Darl laughs and carries on Jewel, save for his infrequent expletive-laced outbursts is virtually mute throughout As I Lay Dying. Jewel and his mother Addie are the only characters in As I Lay Dying that don’t have much to say. They speak with their actions. And although Jewel does not speak frequently, he is an allegory for one of the most well-known orators and thinkers, Jesus Christ. Jewel Bundren is presented as a martyr and a Christ allegory in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. However, unlike Christian martyrs Jewel is never rewarded for his sacrifice. Instead insufferable characters like Anse and Cora receive rewards. This discrepancy reveals that Faulkner believes that religion
Also, the story ends with some casting of the first stone and Jackson (1948) prefers to leave the gruesome details to the reader’s imagination. Nevertheless, in The Rocking-Horse Winner story, after Paul’s mother learns where her money comes from, the boy claims to be lucky, but sadly he died soon afterward. Oscar tells his sister “My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he’s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner.” (Lawrence, 1933, p. 310). When you are lucky, this does not mean that people are fortunate economically. The chance of luck is to let things flow without imposing control over them and the situation. In The Rocking-Horse Winner, Paul 's mother gives the impression that to believe in luck is to have money in abundance, and when you do not have money, it is because you do not have
Examples of this maturation are shown when he explains, "It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all" (284). Our view of the story changes as well when we notice that Grady 's life of adventure and experiences turns into tragedy and misfortune. His life is more about loss than accomplishment to the point where his life is an ultimate failure. By the conclusion of this story Grady has undergone a complete change. First person point of view used by McCarthy has ended up being a very successful way of telling the story. We see each individual aspect of the story through Grady 's perspective as we are able to understand by his emotion and decisions. The protagonist is also a very reliable character because the reader is never left out of any internal information of the story.
Beneatha Younger struggles to find her real identity throughout the whole play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” She strives to become a doctor despite being a women. Throughout the whole play she tries out a handful of hobbies that she takes up during the play. She tries out horse riding and then she wants to learn to play the guitar. Beneatha talks about how she is experimenting with many hobbies to find her identity. Ruth and her are having a conversation about how she bought a 50 dollar horse-riding club habit that she has yet to use. Beneatha says, “ I experiment with different forms of expression!” (Hansberry 48). Mama and Ruth support her, but she is being held back by money, race, and education. Beneatha doesn’t have to money to go out and try
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, takes place during the late 1940s. It is a story about a young man named John Grady Cole, a sixteen year old who is the last of a generation of the West Texas ranchers in his family. John Grady Cole takes a journey across the border to Mexico, after his grandfather's death, to retain his dream of living the cowboy life that he grew up with.As the story unfolds, John Gady Cole encounters a variety of obstacles that determines if his dreams are meant to be or if his fate will overpower his desires. McCarthy incorporates a variety of literary devices, internal conflict, and tone to achieve his theme of romanticism and reality.
Silver Linings Playbook is a comedic drama that follows the journey of two characters who face internal and external conflicts. Bradley Cooper plays the protagonist, Pat Solitano Jr., who wants to restore his relationship with his wife, but struggles to share his parent’s passion for football. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays as Tiffany, is a well-known widow within her neighborhood who fell into drugs after the death of her husband. In a way, Pat and Tiffany are similar – they both struggle to find a path that will repair their shattered lives. Directed by David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook, was published by The Weinstein Company in 2012. Silver Linings Playbook reveals how two broken hearts can find “love” through their dysfunctional and
What was the most lost on a wager? Money, time, or a favorite item? Anton Chekhov wrote a story about a bet and the what was gained or lost from it. Chekhov was a Russian writer and doctor and lived from 1860 - 1904. He married in 1901 to actress Olga Knipper who acted at the Moscow Art Theater. In his short story “The Bet”, Chekhov uses internal and external conflict to emphasize the importance of individuality. A banker and a guest at his party undergo a bet that later shows how an individual can change, improve or stay the same.
mother. Paul wanted that his mother could celebrate her birthday diligently and dignity by having all facilities leaving aside past deprivation. He managed handsome money indirectly through lawyer in the name of some unknown relative who deposited this money on the condition to pay Paul mother at the time of her birthday in instalments. His mother received a letter from lawyer and when she approached lawyer, she insisted to receive whole money at a time that was one thousand pounds. This showed that Hester thought of only herself and she wanted to get all the money at once on the proclamation that she had to pay back her debts but instead of paying her debts, she spent all money in extravagant. She gave more preference on money than her family and she declared that her husband was unlucky.
The world has always been full of hatred, war, and strife, but the one thing holding us together is love. One of the main concepts of happiness is being loved and loving others. In my 17 years of living, I have seen and experienced love on multiple occasions. The love a couple has for each other. A love of God. A love of friends and family. Even the love a pet has for it’s owner. A love that sticks out the most is the love a parent has for their child and vice versa. The famous novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter, David Lawrence, wrote the short story “The Rocking Horse Winner”, which digs deeper in the concept of love. The narrative begins with a mother, Hester, who is struggling with whether she loves her three children. Throughout the story she feels that her family is running out of money, and the only thing she cares about it is being wealthy. She is so crazy about it, that she says the house whispers that they need more money. Her youngest son, Paul, is aware of their house whispering and becomes concerned about the family’s financial situation because his mother explains that only the lucky are rich and their family is very unlucky. Paul wants to show his mom that they are lucky, so he obsessively rides his rocking horse, so he can get to luck. He is so interested in finding the luck his family needs, that he talks to the gardener, Bassett, about different types of horses and thereafter bets on horse racing. It turns out Paul