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Analyzing the presentation of the male characters in Half Brothers, Tony Kytes and News of the Engagement, and how they relate with women.

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Analyzing the presentation of the male characters in Half Brothers, Tony Kytes and News of the Engagement, and how they relate with women The male characters in the three stories; Half Brothers, Tony Kytes and News of the engagement relate to women in different ways. I will be discussing of the characters and their relationships, the mismatch of expectation that each man haves - the impossibility of what he wants, the success of the relationships and how the outcome depends upon how the man responds. The genres of the three stories differ widely. The genre of Half Brothers is pastoral tragedy. The reason for this being that it is set in the countryside and the story is a general misfortune. It ends up in the death of the protagonist and the main characters. It is told in 1st person although the character only becomes more active towards the end of the story as he commences his journey towards the fells. On the other hand, Tony Kytes is a Pastoral comedy. We call it pastoral comedy because once again the reader is given the feeling that it is set in the countryside. The mention of carts and the feather in hat of Millie, for example, make this much more perceptible. It is a light hearted story which is also very funny and from the beginning there are no clues of death to suggest this is a tragedy. ...read more.

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In News of the Engagement, there is a mismatch of expectation because Philip doesn't realize that his Mum will be announcing her engagement because he is too lost in his own thoughts. He wants to be able to tell his mum about it in private but he finds that Mr. Nixon is come for dinner. The success of each relationship varies from story to story. If the male characters were able to adjust their expectations, the stories would have been happier ones. Although we cannot talk about the success of relationships in News of the engagement, we can say something about the other two stories. In Half Brothers, the relationship between Helen and William Preston is very cold and unsuccessful. The only success that William Preston has is at Helens deathbed when she finally smiles at him, apart from this, no luck. It is not really William Preston's fault because as much as he tries to love Helen and enjoy his married life he can't. Helen doesn't love him, and to make things worse, she loves Gregory instead. In Tony Kytes, There is success in his relationship because although he is knocked about by two other women on his travels, he still manages to marry Millie, to whom he was engaged. I feel that the incident is the mainly responsible for this story leading to resolution. ...read more.

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However, they would have wondered why Philip couldn't understand his mother's clues to him and couldn't settle down. We have seen that the relationships of the male characters in the stories have been different from each other. 'Half brothers' is Pastoral Tragedy, Tony Kytes is Pastoral Comedy and News of the engagement is an anecdote. In Half Brothers, the development of the protagonists' character is slow; however in Tony Kytes and News of the engagement, it is much faster paced. There is not really any bias in Tony Kytes and News of the Engagement but we can see bias cropping up In 'Half Brothers', the bias aunt fanny has, as the story is being retold. In all of the stories there is a mismatch of expectation, impossibility for what the man wants. In 'Half Brothers' the protagonist is responsible for the outcome of the story, whereas in Tony Kytes and News of the engagement, an incident is partially responsible as well as another person. In Tony Kytes' case it is himself and in News of the Engagement it is Philips mother. A 19th Century audience wouldn't have said anything much about Philip in News of the engagement, but they would have mentioned something about the other two stories. A 19th century audience would have found Tony's behaviour very wrong, because it was not right for a man to ride unaccompanied with a women except if he were engaged with her. Michael Adegoke 10C - 1 - ...read more.

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