The Rocing Horse Winner By H. D Lawrence Analysis

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The Rocing Horse Winner by H.D. Lawrence Pre-Reading Activity
Find two synonyms for each of the following terms:
1.asserted:affirm ,contend
2.discreat:confound,disorganise
3.steed:stallion,mare
4.stealth:covertness,slyness
5.brazening:gloat,bulldoze
6.prospects:anticipation,chance
7.money:cash,walth
8.mother:mom,parent
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The Rocing Horse Winner by H.D. Lawrence While-Reading Activity
Read the questions first , read the story again , and see if you can answer all of the following.
1. What happen to Paul mother at the end ?
Paul's mother lost her son but was left with $80,000 pounds from Paul's winnings. We might interpret that this money will only make her greed "disease" even greater.
2. In what way does 3rd person point of view
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What does uncle Oscar say at the end of the story, and is he speaking for the author, why or why not?
"My God, Hester, you're eighty-thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he's best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner."From the content of the story, we can infer that Lawrence blamed the mother for never being satisfied.... for never having enough. Besides which, she had no problem voicing her concerns, frustrations, or anger from her children. Her anger at her husband and their circumstances should never have become a worry for the children in their home. Paul's mother's constant desire for more money cost her the life of her son. He died trying to please her.
5. Why dose paul at first Confuse luck with money ?
Paul's mother is emphatic that the family's lack of money is a direct result of his father's lack of luck. Thus, Paul questions his mother about luck, and then proclaims himself to be lucky. He's on a one boy mission to silence the house and make his mother happy.....
6. Which situation in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" can be associated with the author's personal history?
Both Lawrence and the parents in The Rocking Horse Winner suffered from an unhappy
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She loves herself above all others anthat she d thinks little of her children...until she feels guilty that she doesn't. The fact the children can see and feel her lack of love is bound to make them see if they can earn it...or aquire it by some other means.”There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them. They looked at her coldly, as if they were finding fault with her. And hurriedly she felt she must cover up some fault in herself. Yet what it was that she must cover up she never knew. Nevertheless, when her children were present, she always felt the centre of her heart go hard. This troubled her, and in her manner she was all the more gentle and anxious for her children, as if she loved them very much. Only she herself knew that at the centre of her heart was a hard little place that could not feel love, no, not for anybody. Everybody else said of her: “She is such a good mother. She adores her children.” Only she herself, and her children themselves, knew it was not so. They read it in each other’s

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