Critical analysis of "The Rocking-Horse Winner". by D.H. Lawrence. An analysis of a passage on the short story itself. Includes themes, and a prespective of the short story.

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Critical Analysis of "The Rocking-Horse Winner"

In the short story "The Rocking Horse-Winner" by D. H. Lawrence it is illustrated that money cannot buy happiness. The short story displays the way people allow money to control their lives. The passage includes the literary devices; character development, contrast, suspense and dramatic irony. "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is written giving the omniscient point of view. The thoughts and motives of all of the characters are told when D. H. Lawrence finds suitable. The writer of the passage on "The Rocking-Horse Winner" is K. McGuire.

Insight is offered in the passage about the protagonist of the story who is the young boy. Character development takes place in the short passage. "He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way seeking for the clue to "luck". He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it. ...he would sit on his big rocking-horse, charging madly into space." In these quotes from the passage the character has changed from acting in a childish manner to a franticly riding a rocking-horse, like a madman. Definite development has occurred to the character who is the protagonist because I observed this character has a clearly defined goal, which is to obtain luck.

"When the two girls were playing dolls in the nursery he would sit ... charging madly into space, with a Frenzy that made the little girls peer at him uneasily." This quote epitomizes the concept of contrast. It displays a juxtaposition of emotion because you first see the two girls who symbolize innocence and goodness playing appropriately with their dolls. You are then introduced to the boy who rides a horse (symbol for sex) intensely focused on his quest for luck (symbol in this story for money). The girls are the opposite of the boy and this is immensely entertained for me, the reader.

Suspense is created throughout the passage by the interesting plot which pulls you into a deeper anxious interest of discovering the outcome of the...
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