Write a reading response of at least 500 words in which you reflect on Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Leavitt’s “Gravity.”
Consider the following in your response: Both stories involve the relationship between a mother and her son. What is the “truth” that is reflected in the relationship between Paul and his mother in “The Rocking-Horse Winner”? How about in the conflict between Sylvia and Theo in “Gravity”? Are there are, broader “truths” exposed in these two stories? If so, to what do they pertain? Talk about your reaction to each story: what did you like (or dislike)? Which character(s) could you relate to? Why? How did you feel about the ending of each story? Did you want to know more – like a what-happened-after sequel? Comment on anything else about the stories that was significant to you.