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Analyse and Discuss the Relationships Between the Sexes in' Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' and 'Seeing a Beauty Queen Home'.

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Analyse and Discuss the Relationships Between the Sexes in' Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' and 'Seeing a Beauty Queen Home' 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' is story of a young man who, in the course of a single afternoon, proposes marriage to three different girls. This story was set in the early nineteenth century in a rural community, Several of the features of the story throw a striking light on the position of women in society at the time at which it is set. 'Seeing a beauty queen home' is a story of a young man who Woo's women, just for the fun of it. However in this novel by Bill Naughton, Maggie was strong enough to tell Rudy where to go, this was probably due to the influence of the suffragettes; giving them confidence and making them examine their own lives and ambitions. They were beginning to believe that they were equal in status to men, and therefore were no longer acting in such a gentle, and soft manner like in the novel 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver' . ...read more.

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Maggie becomes the 'trophy' girlfriend - he feels nothing for her but finds her attractive. Everything changes for him as he enters the all female space of Maggies' grandma's home. The power shifts Indeed, the very idea of a 'proposal of marriage' made by a man to a woman (or to members of her family empowered to decide her fate) represents a significant denial of freedom to the woman. This lack of freedom was of course only one aspect of a situation that had many aspects: for example, women had no vote (and therefore no political power), could not enter the professions, had very limited opportunities of education (especially higher education), and so forth. The implication of such a situation is that a woman will be (or should be) grateful for the chance to marry, and behind this implication is the stark truth that the social status and economic prospects of a woman who either received no such proposals or rejected them would quite likely be dismal. In the story, Milly, who has been described at the beginning as a 'tender little thing', meekly accepts Tony's not very flattering decision to marry her (''what must be must be, I suppose'') ...read more.

Conclusion

This was equally true for middle-class women, as novels like Jane Eyre make very clear. Only a rich woman (like Jane Austen's Emma) could afford the luxury of remaining single if she wished. In these negotiations an important factor is the girl's ''virtue'', to use the word that Mr Jolliver employs with reference to his daughter Hannah. If the girl has lost her virginity she is at a disadvantage. Hannah's father is well aware of this, and Tony himself is quick to protest that he has not ''taken advantage'' of her (to use another phrase of the period). To have done so would have been a dishonourable act on his part, and would have caused him to be regarded with disfavour by society. In summary, then, the most significant social attitudes reflected in this story relate to courtship and marriage. Though the tone is light, it must be admitted that some of the fundamental social and economic assumptions of the period are implicit in it. Conclusion What is most striking to modern readers, perhaps, is the unquestioned assumption that choices and decisions connected with marriage will be exercised by the young man, and that the young women will meekly accept whatever is handed out to them. ...read more.

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