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What does the rocking-horse symbolize in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"? I need 3...

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icy | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 11, 2008 at 8:06 AM via web

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What does the rocking-horse symbolize in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

I need 3 things symbolizing the rocking -horse and How?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM (Answer #1)

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 The rocking-horse symbolizes several closely linked themes in this story. First, it symbolizes how far the economic fears of the family reach. A children's play area should be free of such fears, but they reach even into the place where the horse is. Second, it shows how ambition does not ever stop. Like the rocking-horse, every forward rock/step/motion is matched by a backward one. Think of how the house is haunted: " There must be more money! There must be more money!" Third, it shows the undercurrent of sexual tension in the desire.


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peedy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 5, 2010 at 6:26 AM (Answer #3)

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the rocking horse was transporation for paul to get to the money for his family.

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cmarr0667 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:36 AM (Answer #5)

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The horse depicts several possibilities in the story. First, it is the valiant transporter of this child and the means of reaching a level of happiness beyond the shallow life of living with his mother. It can also symbolize the journey for a child and his escape from hell as he travels to a devine state of mind (heaven). Third and the worst of all, it may symbolize masturbation and his eyes being ever so crazy may be he reaching climax which causes his sisters to be bothered and uncomfortable. It is your choosing because you are the reader. free your mind and journey with Paul to wherever you choose. 

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