The Rocking-Horse Winner
The Ride of His Life
Horseracing has always been a magical sport and referred to as "The Sport of Kings". The excitement and drama has always caused new fans to flock to the sport. In "The Rocking Horse Winner" by D. H. Lawrence it is no different. The racetracks and the thrill of gambling mesmerize Paul, and fuel his obsession with winning money for his mother. Throughout "The Rocking Horse Winner", Lawrence uses various literary techniques to satirize society and show how the immense desire for luck and money, which are unnecessary for true happiness, only lead to the destruction of the individual.
The unique style of "The Rocking Horse Winner" is significant in revealing the deeper meaning of the story. Throughout the story, fairytale-like elements are juxtaposed with deeper, more realistic elements, which help the story resonate with deeper meaning. Lawrence does not use the characters' names in the beginning of the novel, which seems to establish the story as a simple story, with a light-hearted, fairy-tale like tone. However, it is juxtaposed with more realistic elements, such as family issues and overwhelming obsessions. Like fairy tales, the characters in this story are in pursuit of something...
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