The Rocking Horse Winner By D. H. Lawrence

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The Rocking Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence A classic short story, which I have recently read in class, is “The rocking horse winner” by D.H.Lawrence. In this respnse I will discuss the contribution made by imagery in developing my understanding of the character and theme. The story is about a young boy named Paul who tries to win his mothers love by trying to acquire for money. The house is haunted by the call for money and Paul asks his mother to explain why this is the case. She tells him that she has no luck and so the house is cursed by a shortage of money. As a result of this pivotal conversation Paul taps into a supernatural power. By using his rocking horse he can now find out the names of the winning horse in natural race meetings. However, in doing so Paul tries too hard and he becomes desperately ill. His dies in his quest to win his mothers love. From the outset D.H. Lawrence uses descriptive use of imagery in order to make the character of Paul more effective. Throughout the story Paul’s eyes change with his nature. At the beginning the writer describes Paul’s intense journey on the wooden rocking horse: “Wildly the horse careered, the waving dark hair of the boy tossed, his eyes had a strange glare in them. The little girls dared not speak to him.” The reference to “waving” suggest the power and energy Paul is putting into riding his rocking horse, just as if he was a real jockey, in a focussed imaginative area, putting every little of his strength into winning the race. In Paul’s case his eyes signal that he can see the winning horse going over the winning line. The growing intensity is further highlighted as he is visited by his mother and his uncle: “His eyes had a strange glare in them.” Lawrence use’s the word “glare” here because it’s a strong action, almost indicating the burning anger within him. You can imagine Paul with

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