The Power of the Author on a Novel

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D.H. Lawrence’s 1926 short story The Rocking-Horse Winner is one that defies the test of time. The story of Paul trying to save his family from money issues is still being read in literature classes today. One reason the short story is such a masterpiece is Lawrence’s ability to use the author of the tale to manipulate the reader and portray certain information. The stylistic features of the author in this short story portrays to the reader that the theme of the tale is the morale lesson, that money doesn’t fix life or character problems.
The first indication Lawrence is writing a moral based short story is the demonstration by the author that the story is a fairy tale like telling. To begin with, the author of this short story is
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By providing little details about the characters and the environment, the author is drawing attention away from the story itself, but rather on the characters and the general them of the story. The author does not want the reader to put his or herself into the story. Instead, the author’s style is forcing the reader to relate the story to his or her’s respective life. This forces the reader to connect to the theme of the tale due to the story being relatable and possible in the reader’s life. This, in turn, creates a more dramatic affect when the boy dies at the end of the story. The reader takes this information and determines that the morale of the story is a strong and powerful one, one that should be implemented in his or her’s own life. For the author to make a morale lesson the theme of The Rocking-Horse Winner, it is necessary for the author to be completely reliable as the teller of the short story. As mentioned earlier, the author is using the tactics of a fairy tale story which creates the depiction that the theme is more important than the story itself. In other words, the story’s main priority is to teach the morale lesson. Due to this, the reader gets the impression that there is no reason for the author to be unreliable in telling the story, since there would be no purpose in doing so. Another way the reader can conclude that the
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