How would one answer the following questions concerning D. H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner"? How does Paul appear when riding his steed? Why does Paul hate the horse? The story's style...

How would one answer the following questions concerning D. H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

  • How does Paul appear when riding his steed?
  • Why does Paul hate the horse?
  • The story's style & tone is similar to what?
  • What must Paul do in order to pick a winning horse?
  • What words best describe Paul?
  • How long does Paul ride his rocking horse?
  • What is the irony of Paul's mother finally receiving her financial fortune?
  • Who unknowingly connects luck & money for Paul?
  • Paul has an uncanny gift for what?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In D. H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," in the description we are given of Paul riding his rocking horse, we're told that he rode it "with a frenzy" and that "wildly the horse careered, the waving dark hair of the boy tossed, his eyes had a strange glare in them" (p. 1225). He also hopped down and demanded of the horse that he take the boy where luck is found and then continued riding furiously.

There actually is no indication that Paul hates the horse; instead, he's rather obsessed with the horse and uses it to find the winner of the upcoming horse races. So, for your second question, perhaps you mean to ask, "Why does Paul hate the house"? Paul indicates he hates the house when speaking to his Uncle Oscar immediately after the horse Daffodil won and Paul explains to his uncle how he becomes sure of the winners. Paul further explains that he first started picking winners for his mother's sake, because she needs more money. Paul flatly states, "I hate our house for whispering" (p. 1230). What he means by the above is that he and the other two children feel they can hear the mother's obsession for more money whispering throughout the house.

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