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ANALYSIS OF A SHORT STORY The Rocking-Horse Winner by DH Lawrence is a reflection of societys materialism the search for material happiness leaving on the side the real matter of life People are looking for happiness in the wrong place This is the story of a family who pretends to have a life full of luxury while their income is low and their debts are high Paul the older son of the family after seeing to the importance of money and luck in his mothers life discovers that he is not as unlucky as the rest of his family His luck helps him to predict the winner of horse races For a time Paul gets money as a gambler thanks to Bassett the gardener and later on with the complicity of his uncle who is curious about his nephews abilities The winnings were given to Pauls mother to pay debts but she found the money wasnt enough to keep up their social status Paul feels the need to win one of the three big races He found himself worried when the two of the races came and he didnt know the winner Finally Paul predicts the winner while riding his rocking-horse During the incident Paul gets sick and dies The story ends with some lines that make the reader wonder about the real meaning of life The author presents an impartial omniscient narrator He knows the characters thoughts and ideas but does not judge them The story doesnt present a lot of details or development of the characters or settings The reader doesnt know anything about Pauls siblings and father and only at the end of the story is the name of his mother revealed These facts contribute to the storys message giving the impression of a tale or fable They prepare the readers to expect a moral and challenge them to find a meaning in what seems a magical unrealistic story The
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