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What are the symbols used throughout "The Rocking-Horse Winner" and what does...

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Posted April 9, 2008 at 3:20 AM via web

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What are the symbols used throughout "The Rocking-Horse Winner" and what does each symbol symbolize?

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

Posted April 10, 2008 at 4:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Well, the most obvious symbol of course is that of the rocking-horse.  Theoretically, a rocking-horse is a child’s toy.  But, in this circumstance Paul, who is much too old for the toy, rides on it for luck.  This of course represents his childhood innocence.  This child has to deal with problems which are much too mature for a child to have to solve.   The money is another important symbol in the story because it represents greed.  Hester, Paul’s mother, can never have enough money. It also represents false values, seeing as Hester teaches Paul that money is what brings happiness.  

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