“The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Most Dangerous Game” In D. H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”, the reader is given insight into the lives of two males: Sanger Rainsford in Most Dangerous Game, and a boy, Paul, in Rocking-Horse. Equally Lawrence and Connell are wickedly clever in their details, characteristics, irony, imagery and symbolic nature, as to enable the reader to feel the protagonist’s emotional turmoil as it unravels. Both Paul and Rainsford have a heart of passion and perseverance to succeed.
Although Paul an impressionable young boy and Rainsford an experienced young man; the two characters share an innate ability to persevere what could be perceived as curse rather than gift. Paul and Rainsford endure through trying situations with outcomes on very diverse spectrums of the range of life. I. Characteristics: Paul-young boy, eager to please, needs mothers love, black haired, blue fiery eyes, unmovable in his path Rainsford- World War I veteran, avid hunter, reasonable, righteous full of vigor, experienced in life. II.
Irony: Rainsford becomes the hunted while on a trip to a hunt -Dangerous Game Paul trying to achieve luck ends with no luck-Rocking-Horse III. Imagery: The rocking horse still in a corner Paul riding wildly -Rocking-Horse The blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea-Dangerous game IV. Symbolic Nature: Jaguars feeling fear-Dangerous game The house whispering “There must be more money”-Rocking-Horse V. Summary: Paul succeeds in his search for money but loses his life Rainsford succeeds in winning the hunt but has to commit murder.
In D. H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”, the reader is given insight into the lives of two males: Sanger Rainsford in Most Dangerous Game, Paul, in Rocking-Horse. Equally Lawrence and Connell are wickedly clever in their details, characteristics, irony, imagery and symbolic nature, as to enable the reader to feel the protagonist’s emotional turmoil as it unravels. Both Paul and Rainsford have a heart of passion and perseverance to succeed.
Although Paul an impressionable young boy and Rainsford an experienced young man; the two characters share an innate ability to persevere that could be perceived as curse rather than gift. Paul and Rainsford endure through trying situations with outcomes on very diverse spectrums of the range of life. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” D. H. Lawrence depicts a young boy Paul who is eager to please his mother’s insatiable appetite for materialistic things; in doing so it endangers his well-being both mentally and physically. Paul also hungers for his mother’s affection.
When Paul confronts his mother about being poor she responds by an accusatory remark, “It’s because your father has no luck” (Lawrence 366; ch. 10). The boy understands very well after a few moments of conversation that luck to his mother, means money. Paul tells his mother, “I’m a lucky person”, which she took flippantly (Lawrence 367; ch. 30). Offended by her seemingly blatant disbelief, Paul starts to demonstrate an unmovable path to win his mother’s love and prove he could satisfy the whispering in the house, “There must be more money” (Lawrence 366; ch. 5).
In comparison to the character of Paul in Lawrence’s story let’s transition to Sanger Rainsford in Richard Connells, “The Most Dangerous Game”, the similarities of Paul-Rocking-Horse, and Rainsford-Dangerous Game, are quite amazing. Rainsford an avid hunter and WWI veteran has an uncanny passion for hunting and is an extremely unwavering, righteous man. Connell depicts Rainsford as an experienced caring man with an uncanny eye. By painting Rainsford as a WWI survivor Connell shows the reader a compassionate, indomitable hero with great regard and respect for life.
The reader catches a glimpse of this unwavering determination in the beginning of the story. While in route to a hunting expedition for Jaguars, Rainsford heard gun shots from Ship-Trap Island, while investigating from the railing he was unexpectedly thrown from the Yacht in the middle of the night. Rainsford keeping his calm purpose sheds his clothing and counts each stroke as to retain enough energy to stay afloat; only later to find that his determination for survival in the blood- warm waters of the Caribbean Sea would not cease upon his arrival upon the island (Connell 2).
In identifying the irony, imagery and symbolic nature used by Connell in “The Most Dangerous Game”, the reader must first consume the purpose of the sailing throughout conversation between Rainsford and Whitney. Irony using the fear of being hunted; “…. We should have some good hunting up the Amazon. Great sport, hunting” said Whitney (Connell 1). “The best sport in the world,” agreed Rainsford. “For the hunter,” amended Whitney. “Not for the jaguar” (Connell 1). The conversations continue but with no prevail.
Rainsford does not believe that jaguars have understanding of anything, but according to Connell jaguars understand one thing and that one thing is-fear…. ”the fear of pain and the fear of death. ” (1). Rainsford of course believes that there are only two classes of people in the world-“the hunters and the huntees” (Connell1). Rainsford believes himself to be lucky, for he is the hunter. (Connell1). When Rainsford finds himself on Ship-Trap Island being hunted by General Zaroff, antagonist, it is he who fears and has become the huntee. Now turning to the irony, imagery and symbolic nature portrayed in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.
H. Lawrence, image of the rocking-horse “… rather shabby stood in an arrested stance…. ’ in the corner of the room, reveals a realistic view of waiting in time to get there (373; ch. 205). The irony of Paul riding his stationary toy rocking-horse wildly and fiercely in pursuit of what he believes to be luck and as the story unfolds Lawrence delivers dramatic and traumatic circumstances from Paul learning the derby winner’s name, “Malabar”, as he feverishly rides his rocking-horse only to find himself plunging unconsciously to the floor.
At that very moment the ultimate irony and symbolism is delivered by Connell, not only does Paul achieve the ability to be “lucky” with his horse, thus gaining the belief, affection and loving concern that was so desired. Paul had ridden through perseverance and sheer determination to what some may believe the ultimate form of un-lucky, his own death. The two authors, Collins and Lawrence seem to have a realistic understanding of determination and perseverance through the diction of their
stories, do both authors portray it in a realistic approach, no. Collins does an inexplicably brilliant job of unraveling the perseverance of survival in somewhat realistic terms in “The Most Dangerous Game”, by revealing Rainsford’s ability to overcome the transition from hunter of exotic animals, to Rainsford himself becoming the huntee. “This world is made up of two classes, the hunter and the huntee” (Collins pg. 1).
Rainsford had to kill or be killed by General Zarhoff, putting Rainsford’s love for human life aside, his perseverance conquered ending in Zarhoff’s death. Lawrence delivers quite the unbelievable side of perseverance in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, the young boy Paul who rides a rocking-horse “to get there” so feverishly that he ends with the most unlucky demise, death. Both characters, Paul and Rainsford, equally determined and unwavering in their journeys, accomplish the feat at hand nonetheless with very dissimilar conclusions.