The Rocking-Horse Winner Questions and Answers
by D. H. Lawrence

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Does the house really whisper and why only the children and the toy hear thr whisper?

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," the house is personified at the very beginning of the story as having human feelings "as they [the family] felt always an anxiety in the house" (paragraph 3). The house's anxiety grows larger and larger "and so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money!" (paragraph 5). Just as the house is personified as having anxiety, Lawrence also uses personification in making the house speak. Interestingly enough, it only speaks to the children and the toys as both parents appear unconcerned as to the price their children are paying for their greed. The parent's unhappy, materialistic life has pervaded the...

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