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Essay On The Rocking Horse Winner

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Utilizing the literary approach of formalism in D.H Lawrence’s, “The Rocking-horse Winner”, I am analyzing four elements within the story including the conflict, protagonist, antagonist and point of view. Within the story “The Rocking-horse Winner”, by D.H Lawrence, there are two major conflicts present; an external conflict involving the family’s financial instability and an internal conflict involving Paul’s desire to please his mother. The external conflict is repeatedly mentioned throughout the story as a whisper within the family home, “There must be more money”. Heard constantly by the children within the home, they become aware of their mothers need to have a lifestyle above their means. The home itself proves to be a conflict for…show more content…
With the introduction of these characters, the author incorporates a more personal tone into the story while not limiting the information for the reader. This is shown through Lawrence’s description of Hester, “Nevertheless, when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard… Only she herself knew that at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody”. Third-person narration allows the reader to be able to decipher Hester’s personal thoughts and feelings towards not only her children, but how she does not reveal her true feelings to anyone. This point of view also allows for the reader to explore Paul’s experiences, “And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: there must be more money! There must be more money! The children could hear it all the time, though nobody said it aloud”. Through this quotation, the reader has an understanding of the constant burden Paul felt about the financial struggle within his family and continuous uncertainty within the home. The narrator of this story is an unnamed omniscient third-person, permitting the thoughts, feeling and actions of each character to be
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