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What would be a thesis statement for "The Rocking-Horse Winner," and is there a specific one that is important to know?

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I think it is possible that this question is mixing up two ideas. The question asks if there is a specific "one" that is important to know. The wording of the question makes it seem like it is asking if there is an important thesis statement regarding this story. I believe that the second half of the question is asking about themes in this story. Yes, there are several themes present in this story that are important to know. A thesis statement can be written about this story and those themes. Thematically, the story contains a deep criticism of materialism and greed. There is also a theme of family. Your job as a thesis writer is to make an argument to your reader about those themes. It's entirely up to you what you want the thesis argument to be. I would recommend a thesis that steers readers toward seeing how Paul's efforts actually made things worse for his family: "Although Paul believes that he is helping his mother out by giving her what she wants, he is actually encouraging her materialistic and greedy tendencies."

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The parents in the story "The Rocking Horse Winner" are living a life above their means.  They are always discussing the need for money until the boy hears the house state they need more money coming through the walls of his house.  The boy sees not having enough money as a failure based on his mother's words.  To determine a good thesis statement one would need to find a literary idea that can be broken down through use of the wording in the story.  There are several types of thesis statements.  The ones that I have added would be of the argumentative nature.

Some ideas might be:

The boy's parents caused his ultimate death by their living beyond their means spending habits.

The boy in "The Rocking Horse Winner"  is a victim of a capitalist society.

The Uncle in the story "The Rocking Horse Winner" is symbolic of capitalism and the drive to continue to obtain a greater income.

I hope these help.  I added a website that address forming a thesis statement.