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What figurative language is used in "The Rocking Horse Winner"? (Please give examples.)

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A good example of a simile can be found when Paul is talking to his uncle:

And then the house whispers, like people laughing at you behind your back. It’s awful, that is!

Paul uses this simile to illustrate how society laughs at people like his mother behind their backs while praising them to their faces. As well as a simile, this is also an example of personification, because human characteristics have been ascribed to an inanimate object.

The whispers of the house refer to the dissatisfaction felt by Paul's mother, Hester, over the lack of money coming into the house. That's why Paul's so keen to keep up his winning streak on the horses; he wants to satisfy his mother's need for more money. Despite his best efforts, however, he's unable to do so. As Paul soon discovers, no amount of money is ever enough for his avaricious mother.

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D. H. Lawrence, who is a poet as well as a storyteller, employs figurative language in "The Rocking-Horse Winner ," a haunting story which unexpectedly reads like...

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