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What are some supernatural elements in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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The first supernatural element we notice in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" involves the whispering of the house. While it seems like a simple metaphor at first, we eventually learn through Paul that the whispers of the house, at least to him, are all too real. Paul thinks that earning a hefty sum and giving it to his mother will quiet the whispers, but it just makes them louder and more frantic, revealing that no amount of money will be enough.

The main supernatural element is Paul's uncanny ability to ride his rocking-horse to a place simply called "there." If Paul can get there, he can know the winner of a particular race. This ability is mysterious and never elaborated upon, and judging by the end of the story, clearly has an adverse effect on Paul's health.

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I believe that the best answer to this question is to either claim that Paul himself is the supernatural element, or that the rocking horse is the supernatural element. I suppose you could claim that Paul and the rocking horse have a...

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