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What does the rocking horse symbolize in the story?

What does the story say about luck and the reasons that one is lucky? From this point of view why hasn't Paul's mother experienced much luck?

Why impact does it have on the story that the author does not develop Paul father's character?

How and why does Paul's behavior bring out his mother's mothering instincts? Why does the fact she found it so hard to love her children in the beginning say about her past?

In what way is the Oedipal Complex a major theme of the story?

How does the author use language and symbolism to express the developing and eventual connection between Paul and his mother?

What are the significance of the last lines that Paul's Uncle speaks to his mother at the end of the story? What meaning do his words give the story and...

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