Identify the speaker, plot, significance of following quotes from The Rocking Horse Winner (few setences for each)1. "It's what causes you to have money. If you're lucky you have money. That's why...

Identify the speaker, plot, significance of following quotes from The Rocking Horse Winner (few setences for each)

1. "It's what causes you to have money. If you're lucky you have money. That's why it's better to be born lucky than rich. If you're rich, you may lose your money. But if you're lucky, you will always get more money."

2. "There was a pause. Daffodil was an obscure horse comparatively."

3. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, laddie!" said Uncle Oscar

4. "Let it alone, son! Don't you bother about it!" urged Uncle Oscar. But it was as if the boy couldn't really hear what his uncle was saying.

5. "Poor devil, poor devil"

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klaroche | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I am thinking that this may be an assignment you have for class, and while I do not want to do the assignment for you, I will provide you with partial answers so that when you (re)read the story you can complete the assignment on your own.

1.  Paul's mother says this to him when Paul asks her if luck is money.  Paul has been hearing the house whispering "There must be more money."  Intuitively he knows that his parents, particularly his mother, wish for more money and highly value material goods.  His mother is quite bitter about her current economic status and blames her husband for her inability to live a more lavish lifestyle.  Paul interprets her answer quite literally and seeks luck to please his mother.

2.  The narrator states this to explain why the uncle questions Paul's choice for the winner of the race.  This is the first race Paul will be attending with his uncle now that his uncle has learned that he can accurately predict winners.  Paul sees these winnings as his luck because they bring money.  Also consider Paul's desire to please his mother.

3.  Uncle Oscar says this to Paul when he agrees to let his mother have the entire sum of money at once.  This quote and section are directly linked to the mother's greed.

4.  The narrator explains Uncle Oscar's attempts to calm and comfort Paul after he continues to lose money, for which he is desperate so that he can give more to his mother to make the whispers stop.  Examine how the desire to win is affecting Paul, how his behavior and interactions are changing and how others react to these changes.

5.  Uncle Oscar says this to Paul's mother just after Paul has died; it is the beginning of the last sentence of the story.  The "poor devil" is Paul.  This phrase is followed by "he's best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking horse to find a winner."  Think about what the uncle may be saying here and why he thinks Paul's death may be a good thing.  I believe he (and the author) sees Paul as a victim of his mother's greed.

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