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New York: Norton, 2006. 443-453. Print. Shawna Smith Smith 1 Dr. Cain-Calloway English 1302 28 October 2011 Summary of Evan’s “The Rocking Horse Winner” Evans explain’s many different views on “The Rocking Horse Winner” in his collection of reviews. One of the authors in Evan’s compilation is Roy Lamsen.
According to Lamsen, the story keeps the interest of the readers. There are moments of suspense in the story that really keep the reader attentive. He believes that if the story would have been written in the Hester’s son’s point of view, it would have lacked interest from the reader.
It would have seemed too emotional and just boring in a sense. Also, Lamsen believes that the boys point of view would have caused a lack of rising action in the story. Also he feels that fear is very detectable in he piece. The topics of luck and love are relevant in the short story.
There is a sense of irony that is apparent from the beginning to the end of the fictional story. In Lamsen’s opinion, Lawrence has put together many elements in this piece that should be seen in relationship to each other… not separately. Shawna Smith Smith 1 Dr. Cain-Calloway English 1302 10 October 2011 Summary of “Characters, Plots, and Themes in ‘The Rocking Horse Winner’”In Joris Heise’s “Characters, Plots, and Themes in ‘The Rocking Horse Winner,’” the short story is well explained.
Heise first begins his study on the short story with his view of the story as a parable. He then goes on to explain some of the characters. The first character Heise informs the reader about is the mother. She is explained in the beginning of the story like a character is often explained in a fairytale. The author explains that the mother has failed at motherhood and has an absence of love for her family.She has a great need for a social status that is far above her family’s means.
Heise explains that the mother is in a self versus self conflict. The author then explains the boy in the story. The boy can sense an absence of love from his mother.
He wants to know that his mother feels real love for him in the end. The children feel a sense of anxiety in the house. The house is also portrayed by Heise almost as a character. The house whispers to the children as if it were a real person. Shawna Smith Smith 1 Dr. Cain-Calloway English 1302 0 October 2011 Summary of “Allegory and the Death of the Heart in ‘The Rocking Horse Winner’” In Charles Koban’s study “Allegory and the Death of the Heart in ‘The Rocking Horse Winner,’” he explains many topics.
Koban explains that Lawrence did not think that money was evil by itself. Also the author feels that a man was not truly free until he lost himself in the love of a woman. He also thinks that Lawrence thinks of love as just a sexual thing. Koban says that the father is not doing his job as the breadwinner of the family.
According to the author Lawrence makes the father barely visible to the readers. He is not brought up too many times in the story and does not seem to be a main character. According to Koban, there is a sense that the family never has enough money.
“Money is not a substitute for love,” says Koban. He says that love is transformed in the story into greed. A sense of mysticalism is in “The Rocking Horse” because luck is given upon birth and cannot be taken away. The author portrays the son in the story as being innocent. He is just trying to win the love of his mother.