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Both John Thomas and Tony Kytes are daring characters who try to manipulate the women around them. Yet in the end both are weaker than the women in each story. Compare the male and female characters in these stories and discuss whether or not you agree wi

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Both John Thomas and Tony Kytes are daring characters who try to manipulate the women around them. Yet in the end both are weaker than the women in each story. Compare the male and female characters in these stories and discuss whether or not you agree with this statement. In Tickets Please by DH Lawrence and Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver by Thomas Hardy we are faced by two men who have the power to manipulate women to get what they want from them. Both John Thomas and Tony Kytes initially seem to be manipulative. In a sharp role reversal the women are able to gain control of the situation, however they lose this at the end of the stories to the men. Many factors such as the time period in which the stories were written in and the writer's point of view cause an unexpected ending to the stories. In this essay I will be discussing how the men and women interact with each other during the story and how their various characters affects the outcome of the ending. Tony Kytes is described as a good looking man and because of this he is "quite the women's favorite." Tony uses his good looks to gain the attention of three women, Milly his fianc�e, Unity and Hannah. He is boyish and handsome and held respect in the rural area he is living. All these attributes allowed women to be manipulated. His good looks make him an eligible bachelor in Wessex. Although he has an irreverent manner he is still liked very much by women, "he loved 'em in shoals." This acronym of Wessex dialect spoken by the narrator creates an informal atmosphere and makes it intimate. Throughout the story there is a sense of male sympathy for Tony as this maybe due to the narrator being male To further add to his good looks, Tony Kytes is also very flirtatious. ...read more.

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This phrase is describing how men who were unable to participate in the war had to become aggressive to fight off the criticism of not going to war. Another example of women's new-found liberation is the way in which the girls appear self-confident when in charge of the trams. The tram system was entirely conducted by girls - something very common for that time as men were out fighting in the war. The' Co-operative Wholesale Society', 'Statutes fair', the 'hat pins' John Thomas won for Annie' all point to WW1. The women had many more opportunities. As many of the men were at war then the women had the responsibility of making sure that everything carried on at home. The war allowed a large amount of restrictions that can be seen in Tony Kytes do not exist in Tickets Please. These changes can be particularly seen in the description of women in the two stories. The relationships between men and women in Tickets Please would have been very different to what it was in the nineteenth century during Tony Kytes time. There was more of an emphasis put on the physical part of the relationship. This was because you did not have to be married to be intimate, as was the case in the nineteenth century. Because of this courting lasted much longer, and not so much importance was put on marriage. The freedom given to women by the world war meant they were not so dependent on men. Therefore they did not have to marry for social reasons and for stability. The war gave a lot more opportunity to women and that is why we see they have power and control in this story, that was not seen in Tony Kytes. The twentieth century girls are described as being "fearless young hussies". This is a total change of descriptions of women in Tony Kytes. ...read more.

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Hannah and Unity do not want revenge on Tony - and the way in which they show their fury is by declining his offer. Milly is asked last by Tony and when she is finally asked she responds by saying: "You didn't really mean what you said to them" Tony clearly says 'not a word of it'. Once again he is deceiving Milly and I think she knows this. However the circumstances that she is in force her to make that decision. In the end after the manipulation of Annie she comes out of the situation with nothing. She says she "does not want him" but we know that she still hopes that John Thomas wants her because she "quivered with a kind of agony". Therefore it seems she has gone from being the manipulator to the manipulated. Annie's strong character causes her to revenge John Thomas's sudden dismissal of her. Although she attacks John Thomas for revenge but she never really gains that as he makes her feel vulnerable. Although she has power over him, it is not entirely clear. The women apparently score a victory over the men, and the men seem to be weaker. However each writer presents the women as regretting the control they gain over the men. At the end of both stories although it looks as though the women have gained the power they wanted, but the men are the ones who are in a stronger position as the women are yearning for them. Although there are many differences in the stories due to the different times they were written, it is interesting that both male writers draw the same conclusions, and seem to have more sympathy with the male characters even though they are clearly the immoral ones in the stories. The women on the other hand, are all "punished" at the end as a result of attempting to control men, irrespective of the century during which the story was written. Comparison CWK 6/01/02 Arif Saad 11S 1 Ms. Lord ...read more.

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