Rock The Horse

Rock The Horse

In every good story the author develops a theme which intertwines through every aspect of that story. It manipulates and controls the events the characters experience and never fails to bring the whole story together. In Lawrence?s ?The Rocking Horse Winner? the unrelenting theme, death and rebirth, haunts the reader throughout the tale.
Paul experiences a loss of innocence after facing the reality that his family does not have enough money. The house constantly whispers ?there must be more money? so he goes in search of an answer. His youth dies right at the point when his mother tells him that she is not lucky and neither is his father. Then Paul decides that if his mother is not lucky, then he will try to be lucky for her. Some may say this is a reflection of the Oedipus complex, when a child develops feelings for the parent of the opposite sex. However in this case, Paul feels it is his responsibility to help out the family. This could possibly be out of guilt, but is done more out of frustration to get rid of the voices he hears and is a bridge in the death and rebirth cycle.
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