The conflict in the story involves the mother not feeling content, because she believes she married into an unlucky family. This feeling of unhappiness led her to believe that she feels no love towards her children. The conflict of the story helped to develop the theme: her son Paul can sense the tension in the house and can hear the house whisper “there must be more money”; because of this, he rides his rocking-horse until he goes into a clairvoyant phase where he sees the winning horse of the next race. After Paul won a large amount of money, which he secretly gave to his mother, yet he saw that she was still not content. She used the money on unnecessary items which causes the house to scream out for more money.
The protagonist in the story is Paul. Paul is a young boy whose desire is to please his mother in hopes that he would receive attention and love from her. He is optimistic and believes that he is born lucky, unlike his mother who thinks her whole family is unlucky. During the climax of the story, Paul wins five thousand pounds and gives it to his mother. It just seems like things went from good to bad, because she end up spending it on things that she doesn't need like flowers, a tutor, etc. This problem caused Paul to become even more obsessed to win money for his family.
The rocking horse is a symbol of desire to have more money. The family always wants more money, but it seems like their money situation never improves. Just like a rocking-horse, unlike a real race-horse, it stays at the same spot and doesn't go anywhere. The house whispering “there must be more money” is also a symbol of greed. Some people say that greed can talk and I think that's what the author is trying to portray. Even though the family never said it out loud, but it could be heard silently.
The theme of the story is basically about human obsession when it comes to wealth and material items. In the story, Paul can sense that his parents lack money for the type of...
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