drawing of a young boy riding a rocking-horse

The Rocking-Horse Winner

by D. H. Lawrence

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  • Although the children's father is mentioned in "The Rocking-Horse Winner," he never actually appears. Why do you think the mother's brother, Uncle Oscar, has a larger role to play in this story? What do you think Lawrence was trying to say about the role of men in the raising of their sons?
  • How does "The Rocking-Horse Winner" portray the desire for material wealth?
  • What were women's career options during the 1920s? How might this reality figure into the mother's lack of love for children? Explain your answer.

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