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The Rocking Horse Winner :)
Transcript of The Rocking Horse Winner :)
This kid Paul lives in a family that is poor. The mother is always bitching about how they don’t have money.
Paul loves to ride his rocking horse and fantasizes about the horse races.
Then his Uncle Oscar takes him to the races. Paul tells him what horses to bet on.
He tells his Uncle that he and his friend Bassett bet all the time and have lots of money. Uncle Oscar doesn’t believe him (because he is just a young kid).
Then they go to the races and Paul picks the winners and he, Bassett and his uncle become stinkin rich.
Paul wants to give the money to his mom, but doesn’t want her to know that it is from him.
So Uncle Oscar deposits it into the family bank account as a birthday gift and says it is from a distant relative.
Uncle Oscar set it up so she would receive 1000 pounds ($2,000 roughly) every year for 5 years.
But when Paul’s mom finds out about it, she asks for it all upfront because she is in debt.
Throughout this whole thing Paul hears voices coming from the house. The voices yell about how the family needs more money (the kid is a little psycho).
Paul goes to boarding school and in the summer he returns. Then he goes a bit nuts.
His mom wants to send him to the beach, but Paul doesn’t want to go to the beach until after the Derby (big horse race).
Paul still rides his rocking horse (even though he’s a bit too old for it).
He has to ride it to pick a winner in the Derby. Then Paul gets sick (mentally and physically).
Paul’s mom worries about him.
One day at a party she feels like something is wrong back home (motherly instinct).
She goes home and catches Paul riding the rocking horse in the dark.
Then he shouts out the name of the horse he will bet on (Malabar). Then he, Bassett and Uncle Oscar put tons of money on Malabar.
Malabar wins the race and Paul is a rich dude.
He then goes absolutely nuts and starts yelling about how he needed his rocking horse to pick the winner.
He also babbles on about luck and money. Unfortunately, he dies
The action takes place in England in the years just after the First World War.
The places include a home in an unidentified locale in or near London; London's Richmond Park; a car traveling to a home in Hampshire County, southwest of London; and Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
The narrator mentions major races in England well known to readers of the story when it first appeared in 1926.
These races included the Grand National Handicap Steeplechase at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool; the Royal Ascot at Windsor, west of London; the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs in Surrey, southeast of London; the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster in South Yorkshire; and the Lincoln, at Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
David Herbert Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885, in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, central England.
He was the fourth child of a struggling coal miner who was a heavy drinker.
His mother was a former schoolteacher who, owing to her family's financial difficulties, had to do manual work in a lace factory.
Lawrence's childhood was dominated by poverty and friction between his parents.
Lawrence continued to write despite his failing health.
In his last months he wrote numerous poems, reviews and essays. His last significant work was a reflection on the Book of Revelation, Apocalypse.
After being discharged from a sanatorium, he died at the Villa Robermond in Vence, France, from complications of tuberculosis on 22 March 193o(aged 44)
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He was educated at Nottingham High School, to which he had won a scholarship.
He worked as a clerk in a surgical appliance factory and then for four years as a pupil-teacher.
After studies at Nottingham University, Lawrence matriculated at 22 and briefly pursued a teaching career.
THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER
A family with parents whose main concerns are of material wealth and who are always in need of more money are introduced.
The mother is incapable of showing love and both the mother and father seem to have problems in becoming successful in anything.
With the need of more money the family’s home would begin to whisper “There must be more money! There must be more money!”
This could be seen as when the phrase of the house whispering “There must be more money! There must be more money!” is first introduced.
This provides to the readers that this is a problem Paul, the protagonist, faces.
After the introduction of the house’s whispers a conversation between Paul and his mother is shown.
They discuss why they are, “the poor members of the family,”
When the mother explained to Paul that it is better to be lucky then to be born rich, because a lucky person will always receive money, rather than a rich person who can lose money, Paul is convinced that if he is lucky he can help his mother.
This shows how straight forward Paul’s thinking is of the problem and sets up for the climax.
When Uncle Oscar asked Paul why he started it all he replied it was to help his mother and to stop the house from whispering. We can see that his motive to gambling is to help his mother and to stop the voices of the house. It also demonstrates how innocent his thinking is
After saving a hefty sum Paul and Uncle Oscar set up an account to pay out $1000 pounds to Paul’s mother for 5 years. By doing so Paul believed that he would be helping out his mother and would be able to stop the whisperings. However the mother abused the gift and bought new furnishing and a tutor for Paul. This shows irony for the readers because the readers know the true nature of the mother while Paul does not.
The house went wild and screamed the phrase that haunted the home.
This caused Paul to become freighted and shocked because he believed that giving more money to his mother would have stopped it.
However it did not. Instead of stopping the whispers, Paul just made them trill and scream.
This part of the story demonstrates the climax due to how all of Paul’s efforts seem to have been wasted.
There is also dramatic irony which provides the readers the suspense as to what will happen next.
Still shocked, Paul continued to bet on horse races, however, he began to loose money and this drove him into a falling down spiral motion towards his death.
For a time he had lost his “gift” and became frantic.
Thinking if he rode his rocking horse even more he would be able to figure out the winning name for the Derby.
In his last ride he figured out the name of Malabar, however, immediately fell ill with some type of brain fever.
In the end Paul dies resulting from his pursuit of trying to help his mother and his mother’s ignorance to her own faults.
The mother also at the very end realizes that out of her obsession with money and material items she lost a son.
For example when Uncle Oscar tells Paul’s mother “My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good and a poor devil of a son to the bad.”
Meaning that even though Paul won her eighty thousand pounds he died trying to do so.
There are two types of conflicts in “The Rocking Horse Winner” are:
Internal (himself): Paul must over come his failure and pursue to find luck in order to help his mother even though he had seen his attempt fail.
External (against his parents never ending wants): Paul must fight against his parents materialistic desires especially his mothers.
Short story of an traditional middle-class English family that is "down on luck". Paul, the son, receives a rocking-horse for Christmas, which gives him the ability to predict the correct outcome of horse-races. Although successful, his attempts don't change his families troubles and greed. Paul succumbs to a sever seizure, which ends in his demise