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Through an ironic search for luck and love in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," how...

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charmainewadley | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2007 at 1:58 AM via web

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Through an ironic search for luck and love in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," how does Paul become a victim of greed?

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meowmix | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 11:32 AM (Answer #2)

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At the beginning of the story, Paul (and his family) mistakes luck as financial stability.  He believes that if he is lucky all the family problems could go away.  And he does become lucky; he is able to predict who would win the horse races his uncle gambles on. His uncle becomes dependant on Paul's luck (ability to make money) and Paul confuses his uncle's attention as love.  It is not until the mother becomes involved that we see how Paul had been used. 

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