The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner
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  • Exposition: Mother's Introduction
  • There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck... She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them.
  • This scene fits as the exposition because it gave readers background information that helped us better understand the story.
  • "There must be more money..."
  • Inciting Incident: Mother's conversation with Paul about luck
  • This scene is fit for the inciting incident since it plants the idea of being lucky into Paul's brain.
  • "It's what causes you to have money. If you're lucky you have money. That's why it's better to be born lucky than rich. If you're rich, you may lose your money. But if you're lucky, you will always get more money."
  • Hmmmm...
  • "Oh! What is luck, mother?"
  • Rising Action: Paul places bets on horses with Uncle and Bassett
  • This scene is fit for the rising action because it is the step Paul takes in attempt to become "lucky".
  • Climax: Mother walks in on Paul acting strangely
  • "Paul! Whatever are you doing?"
  • This scene fits as the climax because it is the most intense part of the story due to Paul's insanity.
  • "It's Malabar! It's Malabar!"
  • Falling Action: Paul dies
  • This scene fits as the falling action because it happened right after the climax and it eased the tension.
  • Denouement/Resolution: Mother is left with the money
  • This scene fits as the denouement or the resolution because it is the outcome of the story.
  • "My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he's best gone of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner."
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