“The Rocking-Horse Winner” arises in England in the 1920s. In the beginning of the story, we are brought into a woman named Hester who lives with her spouse, and her children in a lovely neighborhood. She is very bothered with motherhood and holds that she needs more money to keep up their luxurious lifestyle. The children feel their mother 's eager for more money as well. They can all hear the house whispering; “there must be more money!” But no one addressed the elephant in the room, no one actually said it out loud, that there has to be more money. One day, Paul, asks his mother why they don 't own a car like their uncle Oscar. She expounds that his father is unlucky and is not able to make as much money as their uncle Oscar. Paul says that
Paul cannot control his behavioral outburst, and releases all his rage on the rocking horse. Paul becomes emotionally unstable, and lashes out at his mother when she catches him riding the rocking horse. The reason Paul acts this way is due to his inability to control his hyperactivity. Paul’s mental deformities are confirmation that his mother consumed alcohol while pregnant. Furthermore, Paul’s rocking horse symbolizes his delayed development due to fetal alcohol syndrome.
D.H. Lawrence’s short story “A Rocking-Horse Winner” goes beyond just telling a story about a young boy and his rocking-horse. What begins as a young boy’s hope of finally obtaining his mother’s love leads to an unexpected ending which leaves the mother feeling shocked. Throughout the short story, Lawrence uses a child named Paul in order to portray how people will often push themselves beyond their limits to fulfill a loved one’s desires. Lawrence reveals the character of Paul and his longing for his mother’s love through his determination and obsession, his secretive and trusting nature, and his mother’s inability to love.
The parable of The Prodigal Son and the short story of The Rocking-Horse Winner have many similarities as well as differences. The Prodigal Son was written by St. Luke and is recorded in the book of Luke in the Bible. D.H. Lawrence wrote the short story: The Rocking-Horse Winner. Both of these stories are fiction based, and they hold many good lessons to learn from them.
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
She gave more preference on money than her family and she declared that her husband was unlucky. Paul health was deteriorating day by day and his mother got worried about his health and she suggested spending some time to seaside but Paul did not agree as he had to know the name of winning horse. This evil incarnation had taken the life of Paul as he caught with brain fever when his mother came back from a party and she found him unconscious by occurring ‘Malabar’ , ‘Malabar’, the name of winning horse. Exactly, the horse, Malabar got victory but Paul found dead on the bed.
Paul idolizes his teachers which he sees a Trent Conway and the Kitteridge’s, he even uses his false father figure Sidney Poitia as a metaphorical teacher. Sidney Poitia is an example of a black African American who overcame diversity that Paul can
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.
In “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and “Bloodflowers” by W.D. Valgardson, the characters live in a dystopian world and follow annual tradition. The people in “The Lottery” gather together yearly and Mr. Summers conducts the event called the lottery. At this event, the citizens draw out slips of paper and the person who draws out the marked slip is sacrificed through stoning. Similarly, in “Bloodflowers” the citizens choose a “king” each year and the “king” is flourished with presents and is even offered a women. Although he is presented with all the gifts, the people in town murder the “king” at the end of the year. Both the stories depict the theme of the dangers of blindly following traditions as it can lead to the demise if innocent people.
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.
I am able to relate to Paul more than other characters because he is an ordinary guy who thinks about simple ideas. He is only at a point where he has "his parents, some enthusiasm, a few hobbies, and [his] school" (Remarque 26). His possessions resemble a typical teenager's life which I can rely to because all we have is our parents, hobbies, and school. In addition, he describes him and his friends as “old folks” who were teenagers a “long time ago” (Remarque 24). Like a typical teenager, Paul thinks that he is ready to deal with war and other conflicts, but in reality, he is still a young adult that has not experienced life.
Meanwhile, Paul himself is another character whom Morrison uses to achieve mimesis. He keeps his emasculating torments as a slave in a “tin can” where his heart used to be, which he is unwilling to open because he feared if Sethe “got a whiff of the contents it would really shame him” (Morrison 85). His time as a slave made him see himself as a property rather than a man, which results in his loss of identity and repression of emotions, as well as prevents him from connecting with Sethe. His inability to convey his love prevents him from accepting and moving on from his trauma, and therefore creates pity.
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.”