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How is "The Rocking-Horse Winner" an allegory?

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In addition to the Educators' remarks below, the story can also said to be a Christian allegory. Consider the following:

Paul (also the name of an influential follower of Christ in the early days of Christianity and the author of thirteen books in the New Testament) receives the miraculous rocking horse on Christmas Day, a holiday marking the birth of Christ. Paul believes himself capable of being the savior his mother needs, rescuing her from a life where she believes she has no "luck."

Bassett, the family's gardener, believes that Paul's gifts are divinely gifted:

"It's Master Paul, sir," said Bassett in a secret, religious voice. "It's as if he had it from heaven."

This divine gift provides a way for his mother to break free from her bondage to debt, and Paul selflessly strives to save her from the "whisperings" that fill their house, symbolizing the tendencies of humans to worship wealth, such as the warning from Ecclesiastes 5:10: "Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves...

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