Rocking Horse Winner questions

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“The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence
Discussion Questions
1. The family in this story is living above its financial means. What evidence in the story supports
this fact? Give several examples using quotes and parenthetical citations.
2. What does the mother feel toward her children and her husband? Use quotes and citations.
3. Paul has an extended conversation with his mother about luck. Review what she tells him on
the subject by using quotes and citations. What kind of effect does this have on Paul, and why?
4. What is Oscar Crenshaw’s role in the story?
5. What is Bassett’s role in the story?
6. How do the mother’s feelings about Paul and her behavior toward him conflict with her
character as it is first presented in the story? How is the change ironic?
7. What is the major theme of the story?
8. What is ironic about the title?