Assigment 1. Reading Strategies & Formalist Theory
The purpose of reading “The Rocking-horse Winner” is to demonstrate my understanding of the comprehension strategies studied in this lesson. I never heard about the author before; because of this I will approach my reading word by word. This is going to allow me to make connections with my own experience, create mental images and have a better understanding. Even though I never read the story before, I know this is a short story because the text doesn’t have too many pages. So this aspect makes me conclude that I will find elements such as: introduction of characters, initial conflicts, dramatic conflict, and suspense. A first glance the title suggests the adventure in the child’s mind of him and his toy: a rocking-horse with a special gift, it is a winner rocking horse.
As I started reading word by word, I made connection with the classical beginning of short stories “Once upon a time…” “There was a woman…” “The woman was beautiful, and she started full of advantages”. The connection made me bring out I was reading a story with magic content. This appears in the middle of the story, with Paul riding the rocking horse to predict the race’s winner. On the other hand, the first paragraph describes the idea of luck several times, which made me conclude the story is going to have and ending related to gambling. This section made me think about foreshowing, because of the way it is written. Along my reading, I met Paul, the woman’s son and later I met his toy, a wood rocking horse. At this moment, I asked myself, why would the writer choose the rocking-horse to be the title of story. What is going to happen with the horse and Paul? Based in words such as: bonny, dark hair, curly hair, big eyes; I pictured Paul as a very handsome boy, with big blue eye, very mature for his age and smart. According to the first dialogue between the mother and Paul; I realized, I was at the beginning of the rising...
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