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Both John Thomas and Tony Kytes Are Daring Characters Who Try To Manipulate the Women Around Them.

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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 the statement.'' In the story "Tickets Please" by DH Lawrence, and in the story "Tony Kytes, the Arch- Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy, we develop an understanding of the male characters that show them as in fact as being manipulative towards the female characters. However, they do not seem to be especially daring, and do not appear to be weaker than the women at the end of the story, as the female characters still desire the men. Tony Kytes from the story "Tony Kytes, the Arch- Deceiver" appears to be an outrageous and flirtatious young man. "O the petticoats went off, and the breeches went on!" (Page 14) For the 19th Century, in which the story was set, this was a very shocking statement to come out with, and was frowned upon. Tony seems to be very saucy in this respect. The narrator also sees Tony as a bit of a rogue. "He was quite the women's favourite, and in return, for their likings he loved 'em in shoals." (Page 14) This is written in a colloquial tone, which reflects Hardy's portrayal of Tony in a sympathetic light. ...read more.

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An example of this is the line "A fine cock- of- the- walk he was" (Page 122). This shows that John Thomas is similar to Tony Kytes, as after the five girls discover each other in his wagon, Tony declares that Hannah is "as sound as a bell for me". DH Lawrence tell us that Annie is a working woman. "The step of that tram car is her Thermopylae" (Page 120). In the 20th Century, people were beginning to realise that women too could perform what were traditionally men's tasks. After World War One, women began to work as a result of the men going to fight in the army. Their social status changed; they were becoming less dominated and more dominating. The women were regarded as being equal. In "Tickets, Please" we see an example of this. "So Annie walked out with John Thomas, though she kept her own boy dangling in the distance." (Page 125) This proves that Annie is also capable of being manipulative. However, I think that the male characters are more manipulative. Tony Kytes persuades all three women to remain in the wagon with him by using emotional blackmail. He does this because he has not yet met up his mind which female he would like to marry. He wants to keep his options open. This proves Tony to be very selfish. He has a great lack of thought for others and wants the best for himself. ...read more.

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Annie Stone, when compared with Milly, appears to be very forward and pushy. DH Lawrence describes her as being sharp tongued. "Annie was something of a Tartar, and her sharp tongue had kept John Thomas at arm's length for many months." (Page 122) Annie is also described as being a "fearless young hussy". From these images, we can see that Lawrence is portraying her as a stereotypical feminist of the 20th Century times. From the descriptions of the two male characters, I am able to draw the conclusion that John Thomas and Tony Kytes are both very similar. Both are shown to be arrogant men, who manipulate the women around them in order to fulfil their own personal interests. I have not found them to be exceptionally daring characters, or to be weaker than the female characters. Both DH Lawrence and Thomas Hardy sympathise with the male characters throughout the stories, even though the males are dishonest and manipulative. I think that this is because they are both male writers. A woman would certainly frown upon the immorality of their actions. The writers both draw the same conclusions at the end- presenting the women to regret their control over the men. Although there were differences in the stories, and they were both set in different centuries, their moral is the same. The stories tell us that men should always be in control, and that if a woman tries to reverse this situation, it will end up as especially complicated and chaotic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Claire Pilkington 11D Miss Lord ...read more.

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