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When Paul rides his rocking horse he is transported to a place where he feels in control, and also feels as if he can alter the situation tearing apart his home and childhood.
The following excerpt is taken from an article I wrote while implementing this text with my own students.
While his sisters play in the nursery he rides the rocking horse that had once whispered through the creaking of its springs and the bend of its neck, "There must be more money!" He rides and rides, seeking the elusive luck he claims to have, and he endlessly begins to ride his way into another world.
The Rocking Horse Winner; http://kaie-arwen.hubpages.com/hub/Stretching-Minds-With-Short-Stories-The-Rocking-Horse-Winner