The Rocking-Horse Winner | Critical Essay by W. D. Snodgrass

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of The Rocking-Horse Winner.
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Critical Essay by Charles Koban

SOURCE: "Allegory and the Death of the Heart in The Rocking-Horse Winner'," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall, 1978, pp. 391-96.

In the following study, Koban suggests that Paul's death in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" allegorically represents the death of the child in Hesterthe death of her innocence and love. The critic also comments on Lawrence's philosophical ideas of love, marriage, sex, and money.

W. D. Snodgrass' famous essay on Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner" ["A Rocking Horse: The Symbol, the Pattern, the Way to Live," Hudson Review, Vol. XI, No. 2, Summer, 1958] is a very nearly exhaustive explication of the story's meaning, yet it is not I think totally exhaustive because Snodgrass—like critics in general—has overlooked one side of the story's meaning, namely the mystical side, It is very tempting to see the story as...

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