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Both Tony Kytes and John Thomas 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 two male characters and discuss whether or not you agree this statement.

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Both Tony Kytes and John Thomas 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 two male characters and discuss whether or not you agree this statement. John Thomas and Tony Kytes are daring characters who try to manipulate the women around them. They are both found attractive by women and use their charm to get women to do what they want. They both try to keep the control in each relationship. Though I do not think that they are weaker than the women at the end of each story. In 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver,' Tony Kytes likes the women in the story, likes flirting with them, enjoys their company and wants to get married. Although he does not give them much credit asking them, "will ye lie down in the back part of the waggon, and let me cover you over with the tarpaulin," he expects them to do what he asks them to whatever that may be. He asks two of the women to do this and they both agree without asking any questions. He is very confused as to what he wants and so is very easily persuaded by the women, "I haven't quite promised her, and I think I can get out of it, and ask you that question you speak of," he changes his mind about who he wants to marry throughout the story. ...read more.

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The women may not have liked Tony Kytes as much and wanted to marry him if there was not such importance on them doing so, Milly was probably influenced by peoples views on marriage otherwise she would not have agreed to marry Tony after all that had happened. In the same way Tony Kytes would not have asked Unity and Milly to hide if the story was set at a later date as there would not be as much of a problem if Tony gave another woman a lift in his waggon. Moving on to the story 'Tickets, Please' and the character John Thomas I consider there are many similarities with Tony Kytes. John Thomas likes the women in the story, likes their company and likes to flirt with them. He is not looking for a proper relationship and he is selfish in the way that he dumps the women and moves on without thinking much about it. He is quite charming and uses lines to impress the women, "'that's me!' said John Thomas. It was one of his favourite exclamations." He has control over his relationships with women; he is liked by the women in the story and so can take his pick. He likes to have the control over the women in the story and will only take the relationship further if it suits him, though if the woman wanted to take it further than he ...read more.

Conclusion

This was probably why the women stood up to John Thomas, but their independence was only to a certain extent as they could not believe what they had done at the end, "The girls were all anxious to be off. They were tidying themselves hurriedly, with mute stupefied faces." In the two stories and between the two different times, the men's attitudes were almost the same. They both enjoyed the women's company and liked flirting with them, though Tony Kytes wanted to get married whereas John Thomas was not looking for a serious relationship. On the other hand the women's attitudes had changed as the women in 'Tickets, Please' were less dependant on men than the women in 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver.' In both stories, the men had control over the women but Tony Kytes was easily persuaded by the women whereas John Thomas would not give in to them. There is the same irony in both stories where the women would still run to the men if they had asked again. There is also the same shift in power in both stories though at the end the women are weaker than the men. In conclusion Tony Kytes and John Thomas use their charm to try and manipulate the women around them, but the women are not stronger than them as they still have control over them in the end. Sunia Choudhary 11A 5/5/2007 ...read more.

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