Context of the passage to the Rocking horse Winner

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passage: He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking the clue to "luck." Absorbed, taking of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck. He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it. When the two girls were playing dolls in the nursery, he would sit on his big rocky-horse, charging madly into space, with a frenzy that made the little girls peer at him uneasily. ... his eyes had a strange glare in them. The little girls dared not to speak to him.

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" (1932) is one of D.H Lawrence's most famous short stories, and has endured the test of time. A critical analysis of one of his passages demonstrates how insightful and illuminating his writing is. Furthermore, the dramatic purposes of scenes are evident in his style of writing. Let us now examine the important passage at hand.

The story is about a little boy whose mother believed that her family was haunted by bad luck all the time; the family was poor, the boy was obsessed with using his luck to help his mother, and ironically died in the end.

This passage helps to illustrate the yearning of a little boy to help out his mother. This passage is a microcosm of the entire story through following the themes of luck and money. The mother's negative and damaging influence on her son ultimately leads to the tragic death of the little boy. In the end, the boy's life mimicked his mother's greedy obsession with money.

This passage describes that the little boy becomes obsessed with luck just as his mother does with money. "He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it." This literary technique used by the author is call repetition. This repetition is used to reinforce the themes of obsession and...