Paragraph Exercise English 168

Paragraph Exercise English 168 - text when Paul is forced...

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Sam Seider Manuel Herrero Puertas Discussion Section 320 Paragraph Exercise Thesis: The rocking horse that serves as a textual echo in DH Lawrence’s “The Rocking Horse Winner” speaks to the pettiness of social ambition and the futility of people’s misguided efforts for a positive public image when its symbolism is interpreted correctly on the global level. Paragraph: The rocking horse, interpreted as a symbol of greed, is the textual echo that remains constant throughout the entire story which demonstrates the futility of people’s misguided efforts for a positive public image even in the midst of plenty. It is interesting to note that throughout the story Paul’s family won over 75,000 pounds from his gambling. This sum won during the min 1920’s is equivalent to 2.1 million dollars in today’s American currency. However, even with this staggering amount of wealth, the family was still unhappy. The family’s misery is seen in the
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Unformatted text preview: text when Paul is forced to ride the rocking horse because he says the house will not stop admonishing him. “The house had been “whispering” [“there must be more money, there must be more money”] worse than ever lately, and, even in spite of his luck, Paul could not bear up against it (Lawrence, pg. 820).” It is clear that even after Paul had been winning and the family attained a higher social class they could not maintain contentment. This inability to lead fulfilling lives is because people are greedy. The horse stands as a symbol of greed and is prevalent throughout the story. Similarly, greed is always prevalent in all of our lives and contributes to our despondency. Without a doubt, we all aspire to be something greater than we are currently- it is the American dream to do so. However, we must remember the symbol of the rocking horse and avoid the misuse of our ambition....
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course COM ARTS 100 taught by Professor Humphreys during the Fall '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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