Rocking Horse Symbolism

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“The Rocking-Horse Winner” demonstrates the life-draining consequences of greed and its toxic effect on human relationships. Hester, the mother of three children, and her family live in a “pleasant house,” own “discreet servants,” and always purchase “expensive and splendid toys” for the children during Christmas. Although the family still owns enough money for basic necessities, Hester feels unsatisfied with the family’s income. She desires more money to not only satisfy her “expensive taste,” but also so her family can maintain their “social position.” Disappointed by her husband’s impotence to bring home enough money and the financial burden her children place on her, she mentally distances herself from the rest of her family. Although it …show more content…
Although the horse always stands in the corner of Paul’s room, it does not move unless Paul pushes it forward. The horse always rocks back and forth in a continuous, rhythmic motion. Similarly, Greed always exists in human’s heart, but it does not clearly manifest itself. Once a person experiences a small taste of wealth, greed traps him in a never-ending cycle of desires. The rocking horse always receives a different name whenever Paul mounts it. Analogously, greed appears in a different form every time it gains control over the human heart. Sometimes it reveals itself in a person’s desire for money, but other times, it appears in a person’s lust for food, for attention, or for …show more content…
Hester one day finds him “madly surging on the rocking-horse.” This time, “a blaze of light” does not only light up his eyes, but it lights up his entire body. Paul’s burning desire for wealth does not only take control of his soul, but it also takes control of him physically. Avarice slowly gnaws on Paul’s soul until he no longer possesses the ability to live on. His eyes of “blue fire” transform into eyes of “blue stones,” and Paul collapses both physically and mentally. Although Paul’s body still lay there, his mind has traveled elsewhere, searching for the name of the next winning

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