The Rocking Horse Winner The Rocking Horse Winner is a short story by D H Lawrence The story describes a young middle class Englishwoman who had no luck Though outwardly successful she is haunted by a sense of failure her hu

  • Title: The Rocking Horse Winner
  • Author: D.H. Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9781419180835
  • Page: 109
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  • The Rocking Horse Winner is a short story by D H Lawrence The story describes a young middle class Englishwoman who had no luck Though outwardly successful, she is haunted by a sense of failure her husband is a ne er do well and her work as a commercial artist doesn t earn as much as she d like The family s lifestyle exceeds its income and unspoken anxiety about mThe Rocking Horse Winner is a short story by D H Lawrence The story describes a young middle class Englishwoman who had no luck Though outwardly successful, she is haunted by a sense of failure her husband is a ne er do well and her work as a commercial artist doesn t earn as much as she d like The family s lifestyle exceeds its income and unspoken anxiety about money permeates the household Her children, a son Paul and his two sisters, sense this anxiety over, the kids even claim they can hear the house whispering There must be money Paul tells his Uncle Oscar Cresswell about betting on horse races with Bassett, the gardener He s been placing bets using his pocket money and has won and saved three hundred twenty pounds Sometimes he says he is sure of a winner for an upcoming race, and the horses he names do in fact win, sometimes at remarkable odds Uncle Oscar and Bassett both place large bets on the horses Paul names After further winning, Paul and Oscar arrange to give the mother a gift of five thousand pounds, but the gift only lets her spend Disappointed, Paul tries harder than ever to be lucky As the Derby approaches, Paul is determined to learn the winner Concerned about his health, his mother rushes home from a party and discovers his secret He has been spending hours riding his rocking horse, sometimes all night long, until he gets there, into a clairvoyant state where he can be sure of the winner s name Paul remains ill through the day of the Derby Informed by Cresswell, Bassett has placed Paul s bet on Malabar, at fourteen to one When he is informed by Bassett that he now has 80,000 pounds, Paul says to his mother I never told you, mother, that if I can ride my horse, and get there, then I m absolutely sure oh absolutely Mother, did I ever tell you I am lucky No, you never did, said his mother The boy dies in the night and his mother hears her brother say, My God, Hester, you re eighty odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad But, poor devil, poor devil, he s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking horse to find a winner.

    Home The Rocking Horse Farmington, Michigan The Rocking Horse Cross Stitch De Stash group where great items can be found and requested directly from the page You will find some wonderful deals The Rocking Horse Cross Stitch De Stash I do apologize that it has taken me so very long to get this page updated I am running the Facebook Groups and that has taken a lot of my time. The Rocking Horse Winner The Rocking Horse Winner Shmoop The Rocking Horse Winner is one of D H Lawrence s most popular short stories, an Oedipal drama seasoned with a dash of social commentary and a pinch of the supernatural It follows the short and tragic life of a boy named Paul, who thinks he has amazing luck after realizing he can predict The Rocking Horse Winner Full Text Google Docs The Rocking Horse Winner by D H Lawrence world english There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. The Rocking Horse Winner Summary Analysis LitCharts It is never clear why Paul is so drawn to his rocking horse, but it is obviously an important symbol in the story A rocking horse is a toy for a young child, and on one level it symbolizes Paul s unwillingness to grow up, and his need to be constantly be seeking his mother s approval. The Rocking Horse Winner Summary from LitCharts The Paul is riding his rocking horse so hard that he and the horse are lit up in a strange light He announces in a deep voice, It s Malabar and then collapses to the floor Days later, Paul is very ill Bassett tells Paul that Malabar a horse s name won the Derby, and Paul now has eighty thousand pounds.

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      David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinct.Lawrence s opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his savage pilgrimage At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents E M Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation Later, the influential Cambridge critic F R Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence s fiction within the canonical great tradition of the English novel He is now generally valued as a visionary thinker and a significant representative of modernism in English literature.enpedia wiki D.H._Law



    2 thoughts on “The Rocking Horse Winner

    1. The opening words sound like a fairy story, “There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck.” But it is immediately clear that this is more Grimm than Disney: “She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them.”It was intended to be a ghost story, but there are no ghosts - just supernatural voices and premonitions, and the metaphorical ghost of a [...]

    2. A haunting story that sent a shudder through me at the end. This would have made a perfect episode of the old TV series "The Twilight Zone". Nevertheless, it was a first class fun read.

    3. D.H. Lawrence's 1926 classic short story, The Rocking Horse Winner pulls at your heartstrings from the get-go and refuses to let go until its tragic culmination. As seen below, the opening paragraph does more than make for an emotional first impression, Lawrence's impressive and somehow beautiful prose sucks you in immediately, making it impossible to put down."There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned [...]

    4. I 'read' this on audio. I'm getting used to the medium and can see that the acting ability of the narrator is what makes all the difference. More difference that the actual text written by the author. This narrator, a woman, chose to give the little boy a thin, reedy voice, almost laughable, but written, I could see that this had considerably greater depth.No matter what I read and hear, I have to say that still to me listening to an audio book is entirely synonymous to listening to a radio play [...]

    5. أحياناً أتمنى أشغل الكاميرا وأصور تعابير وجهي عند آخر سطر وأنشرها كريفيو. لأنها أنسب طريقة لمعرفة مشاعري تماماً عن القصة، الشخصيات، والنهاية. لم أكن أنوي "كالكثير من الكتب التي قرأتها" أن أقرأ قصص لورانس القصيرة خلال هذه الأيام، لقد قرأت عنه وعن اسلوبه وسرديته السلسلة جداً ف [...]

    6. Let me just start off by saying that I'm fiercely unafraid of criticizing and rejecting a classic. I'm not all that impressed by antiquity, nor do I feel the need to rate something highly just because it is a lauded piece of literature. So now that we have gotten that out the way, I must say that The Rocking Horse Winner is a lackluster tale, more akin to a fable, that blatantly and obtrusively tries to weave in morality within its plot with all the elegance of a T-Rex trying to make up a bed. ( [...]

    7. A short story rendered to perfection. It’s about how a parent’s greed and dissatisfaction can affect their children and rob them of their innocence. Lots of symbolism in the story and I really liked it.

    8. Paul, the son of a loveless mother who is never satisfied with her lot, who considers herself unlucky because she hasn’t more money, obsesses about how he might help her be lucky, happy, and the home serene. At first he tries to ask her what being lucky means, and the only answer he receives is that people who are lucky have money. But no amount of money would ever be enough for her, that seems certain.Nonetheless, Paul, by riding his rocking horse to the point of frenzy, seems to have develop [...]

    9. Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι άπληστοι κι αχόρταγοι,μοιρολάτρες και απαισιόδοξοι. Δεν χρειάζεται να εξαπλώσουν τη δική τους σαπίλα στην αθωότητά των παιδιών τους.Αυτό πήρα από την υπέροχη ιστοριούλα του Lawrence με την εκπληκτική γραφή του, που σίγουρα θα πρότεινα σε κάθε ενήλικα και σε [...]

    10. This remains my favorite short story of all time. In that I will follow my dictum of when I was 15 and suggest that writing about it would damage the beauty of it. My English teachers were not impressed by my appeal to aesthetics.This story is about how greed overwhelms and isolates and alienates us from what is truly valuable in life, a constant theme within Lawrence. The topic is treated masterfully and the end is tragic. To me this wonderful story will always be hauntingly beautiful with a mo [...]

    11. "A short story about a boy and his quest to be "lucky". The boy knows that his family is struggling with money and he asks his mother how other people have more than they do. She says that some people are simply more "lucky" than others, and that their father was in fact, very unlucky. The boy begins searching for luck, and finds it while he's riding his rocking horse. Through some unknown force, the boy is able to predict the winner of the next horse race, after riding his rocking horse. The st [...]

    12. I studied D.H. Lawrence's The Rocking Horse Winner in my creative writing class some time ago and it has always been a piece of his work that I greatly admire. The story appears to be very average on a surface level, but upon analyzing the many different possible interpretations that can be drawn from it, one begins to respect the amount of thought that was put into its conception. Needless to say to those who have read The Rocking Horse Winner, Freud would have a field day with this. Symbolism [...]

    13. You may read online here.Opening lines:There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them.

    14. I must have been around 12 when I read this story and I remember it blowing my mind. I have not read it since, and while knowing practically nothing about psychology then, even though as an adult I went into social work, it is a great story with some psy elements and a certain 'creepiness ' about it. Time to re-discover it after over 40 years.A++++++++

    15. This is a tragic story about how humans are never satisfied with what they have and enough is never enough for them. The story is so strong and real, it makes you take a good look at the things you value in your life and ask yourself are they worth the sacrifices you make to gain them.You can read the short story here: classicshorts/stories/

    16. You know I don't regularly recommend music with my book reviews but Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven seems almost scarily appropriate here and I will offer it in place of my usual opening quote. This story highlights the sometimes sad circumstance that can happen when a child feels (or is forced to feel/be) obligated for the well-being of his/her family. In this case the child without the knowledge of his mom feels called to this to relieve the hard circumstance of his family and it ends in the [...]

    17. This story continues to haunt me. Sometimes when I'm paying bills, I can hear myself chanting "There must be more money. There must be more money."

    18. Read this back when I was in college for an English Lit Class and totally loved it. "Master Painting Room" has stuck in my head ever since Not that I need a special room for my Master Painting LOL

    19. A short story about a boy and his quest to be "lucky". The boy knows that his family is struggling with money and he asks his mother how other people have more than they do. She says that some people are simply more "lucky" than others, and that their father was in fact, very unlucky. The boy begins searching for luck, and finds it while he's riding his rocking horse. Through some unknown force, the boy is able to predict the winner of the next horse race, after riding his rocking horse. The sto [...]

    20. A young boy (dead by the end of the story), in a family with a tragic pretentions on wealth, discovered that by riding his rocking-horse toy he could sometimes predict the winner of horse races.I read it several times, what the boy's uncle (his mother's brother) told his mother after he (the boy) had died yet I could not get its meaning. The uncle told the boy's mother: "My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he' [...]

    21. One of the best short stories ever. Very beautifully written.This is a comfortably uncomfortable story about how a deadly sin could drive a boy madOOOORE. MOOOOOREI'm not going to say more, you have to read it!

    22. One of the great short stories of all time. A must for all readers, especially those who haven't latched on to the short story genre. Sometimes a short story can stick with you far longer than a full length novel.

    23. D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner” is a story about family dynamics that poses a tough critique of several relevant social ills. Paul’s growing addiction to gambling is fuelled by his uncle’s excitement and a desire for his mother’s love. Paul’s family experience, one drenched in neglect, addictive personalities and despair, directly results in his death. Paul’s oedipal complex with his emotionally closed off mother, the absence of his father as a strong figure in his lif [...]

    24. A banned author is good company to keep. Banning rebels of Modern realism is as bad as stifling the freedom to speak or the right to criticise a movie or actor-And how many critics would be unemployed if such nonsense was acceptable. As for D.H. Lawrence his critical examination of families who live beyond their means touches a nerve. I work in a State dependent upon a casino's revenue and never take the Casino's generosity for granted. Juxtaposing New England now against England's Upper Middle [...]

    25. Fucking browser suddenly refreshed sending my almost-finished review to fucking nowhere.Is it the instinct of an offspring to help his/her parents in any way that he/she can?The story is about a boy named Paul, who has a mother that claimed herself to be "unlucky" (because her husband is one) explaining that that is the reason why they are poor. The boy noticed that his family needed more money and it seemed to him that the house whispers it all the time. He owns a rocking horse, and when he rod [...]

    26. This story is so sad. It's so heavily laden with greed that it makes me sick. The mother and father destroy their marriage, their home and their children with their greed. The oldest, a boy, sets out to prove to his mother that he is lucky because, to her, luck means you can always get more money. As the house whispers, "There must be more money!" the boy named Paul continues to do what he can to become lucky never telling his mother his secret: Sometimes he is sure about the winning horse in th [...]

    27. Read this in grammar school which was Catholic private shcool which considering that most books by DH Lawrence were "banned in Boston" was very surprising when I think back now. But, the story has a classic theme and moral to it, so that is why it passed the "nun" test I guess. When I was very young I found and still find the story fascinating. I love D.H. Lawrence's poetry and well Lady Chatterlywas one of the first "dirty books" I ever read .LOL!

    28. In this short story, Lawrence examines the impact of greed on a family. Of course, as is usual for Lawrence, there is the underlying sexual overtones with the rocking horse and Paul's desire to keep the horse even though he is well beyond the age where playing with/on such a toy is appropriate. A very sad little story on a superficial level, and a tale with darker implications at a closer reading.

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