"Even if you desregard its moral lesson, "The Rocking-Horse Winner' can stand examination as a skilfully told horror storyThis is the questions!!!!   "Even if you desregard its moral lesson,...

"Even if you desregard its moral lesson, "The Rocking-Horse Winner' can stand examination as a skilfully told horror story

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"Even if you desregard its moral lesson, "The Rocking-Horse Winner' can stand examination as a skilfully told horror story in which there is a subtle blending of the natural and supernatural," Discuss the validity of the opinion.

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story does possess many elements of a good horror story. The "whispering" and "voices" of the house, the frenzied rides on a rocking horse, the mystery of how Paul is getting his information, the "bad luck" of the family are all wonderful mixtures of the natural and supernatural. However, adding the moral element to the story enriches our sense of wonder at the mother's apparent insensitivity to her own son and her insatiable greed. Perhaps knowing the background of why the story was written would also help. Lawrence supposedly wrote this story for his friend, Lady Cynthia Asquith. Lady Asquith was born into wealth, but married a man with too little money. Her sons said she was a very poor mother and often neglected them. Her love seemed to be dependent on the amount of success they had. Lawrence used his impressions of Lady Asquith and her family as models for the characters in the "Rocking Horse Winner." I'm not sure if the "friendship" between Lady Asquith and Lawrence continued after the story was published, but it does indicate that the moral of the story was important to the author.

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