“The Rocking-Horse Winner”, by D. H. Lawrence, is a short story filled with different symbols and allegories. An obvious symbol in the story is the whispers the protagonist Paul hears in his home. They constantly say things like, “There must be more money! There must be more money!” So, these imaginary voices represent the greed and materialistic attitude of Paul’s mother. Paul feels surrounded by the voices, just like he is surrounded by the influence of materialsm. A very prominant example of allegory in the story, one that relates directly to the title, is Paul’s rocking-horse. Paul rides his horse in hopes of attaining some luck. It is an allegory because the tangible rocking-horse symbolizes an abstract concept, that of luck. This is fitting because just as a rocking-horse moves up and down, back and forth, luck is also unpredictable and up and down.
Sep 24th, 2009 by hayleyella