The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence Essay

652 Words 3 Pages
The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence

The Rocking-Horse Winner is a complex story that is best understood if one examines it through the 5 Elements of Fiction: setting, character, plot, point of view and theme. This story is about a little boy named Paul who is trying to gain love and affection from his greedy mother. One day he told his mother that he had luck and he knew his mother did not believe him. This compelled him to go out and find luck on his own. He set off on his rocking horse on a journey to find luck. When Paul would come back from his journeys the horse would tell him who the winners of the horse races would be. By this he won money and thought if he gave a large amount to his mother that she could finally be
…show more content…
The main character in this story is a little boy named Paul. Paul is a bonny child with dark hair and big close-set blue eyes. Through out the story Paul seeks for love and affection from his greedy mother but never truly finds it. He bends over backwards to find luck just to please his unhappy mother. Paul loves to ride on his rocking horse and go off on adventures. His rocking horse would tell him the winner of the horse races and Paul would win thousands of dollars by betting on that horse.

The point of view of the story is told by D.H.Lawrence, the author. The story was reliable because Lawrence gives you a sense of what was really happening in that house and the adventures that Paul went on.

The moment of choice was when Paul won 10,000 dollars on a horse race and wanted to give 5,000 of it to his mother for his birthday hoping she would get the hint. When she opened the card she acted as if it were just another birthday card with no emotion on her face. That same day, to show how greedy she really was, she went to her lawyers to see if she could get the 5,000 in advance. Paul gave it to her and received to gratitude or love in return.

Finally the last element is Theme. Money isn?t everything. Be thankful for what you have before it?s gone forever. A person?s life is more important than material things.

Clearly by following the 5 step method of fictional elements it is much easier to understand The Rocking-Horse Winner.
Open Document