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

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In the story "The Rocking Horse Winner," how does theme make the characters, plot, and irony become clear in the story?

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Concerning your question about "The Rocking-Horse Winner," as editors at enotes we're only supposed to answer one question at a time and the suggested length for each answer is ninety words.  With all of the characters you want "presented," you have about a dozen questions in this one.  You need to separate each question and ask it as a separate question. 

I'll answer one part for you.  The plot derives from the need for more money.  The mother is relentless in her insistence that the family must have more money.  She is so relentless that the boy in the house repeatedly experiences the refrain of needing more money to the point of breakdown. 

The mother's greed and pettiness initiates the plot and drives it, and leads to the boy's riding his rocking horse, etc. 

The conflict, plot, characters, etc., reveal the theme, by the way, not the other way around.  The theme doesn't make other elements clear, the other elements make the theme clear. 

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