The Rocking Horse Winner Irony Analysis

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There’s Tragedy in Irony Dramatic and Situational irony are extremely effective at accentuating the drama of a story. If used correctly, situational irony it can cause the audience to rethink the entire story they have been watching or reading through turns of events. Dramatic Irony can play a crucial role in creating suspense for the audience by giving them intuition as to what is going on as the story goes on. Irony is used in both D.H. Lawrence’s short story, “The Rocking Horse Winner” and Sophocles’s play, Oedipus Rex, to reinforce the tragedy both main characters experience. “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence is focused around a boy, named Paul’s, luck. His family was never lucky, causing them to be extremely poor. Paul’s family was tortured by their lack of wealth, “And so the…show more content…
Paul had asked his mom why they didn't have a car and she blamed her husband, “it’s because your father has no luck” (Lawrence 101). From the beginning, Paul saw his father as competition which provoked his determination to be lucky. Paul’s obsession with riding his rocking horse symbolized his infatuation with Hester. The rocking horse was used a euphemism for masturbation. Lawrence used clever wording to hint at sexual passion, “At last he suddenly stopped forcing his horse into the mechanical gallop, and slid down. ‘Well, I got there!’ he announced fiercely, his blue eyes still flaring, and his sturdy long legs straddling apart” (103). When he “rode the rocking horse” he was put in a trance and fantasized about his mom, guiding his luck and generating money. Paul thought the money he made from his visions would make his mother happy, which fueled his fantasies. The proposal that the rocking horse signified masturbation accentuates the dramatic irony. His obsession with pleasing Hester while pleasing himself literally killed him and just when she finally started showing genuine
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