The Rocking Horse Winner

Feb. 25.2004

A) Vocabulary

1. Lucre: informal terms for money

2. Shilling: an English coin worth one twentieth of a pound

3. Serene: characterized by absence of emotional agitation

4. Iridescent: varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

5. Quaint: marked by beauty or elegance

B) Questions

1. At the beginning we can read the story from a very different way. It had the same idea but different character and different setting, the same thing at the ending. Both of them have the same idea. It tells us that the story is about luck, and money and what happens to people who keep looking for them very badly. They will lose their loved once very easily for this one small thing.

2. Paul seemed to be the first to realize it when he asked his mother why don’t we keep a car of our own? Why do we always use Uncle’s, or else a taxi? When she replied that it was because they were poor he asked why and she said because your father has no luck. I believe it was from this conversation that he realized that to be rich you had to be lucky, what he could not figure out was how you got lucky.

3. His drive to find luck was fuelled by the whispers that he heard throughout the house there must be more money. He thought that if he found luck he would be able to make enough money to make the whispers stop.

4. For that is what he had become. He eventually knew who would win but ended up dying during the night without having been able to enjoy the eighty thousand pounds that he had won for being lucky. As you can see, the recurring theme in this story was luck, a thing some people call a gift but in this case it ended up being a curse. Paul did prove to his mother that you could find luck but what he did not realize then was that there would be a terrible price to pay for it.

5. His method of searching for luck was rather unusual and eventually led to his downfall. While everyone was going about their regular business Paul would ride like crazy on an old rocking horse he had in his bedroom. He thought that if he rode long enough he would eventually find luck