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Both 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' and 'Late Night On Watling Street' are about deception.

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Both 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' and 'Late Night On Watling Street' are about deception. Tony Kytes, 'The Arch Deceiver' is a story that focuses on a very simple workingman in the nineteenth century. The story is based around a journey that Tony takes coming from market back to his hometown of Longpuddle. On this journey he is faced with three young women who he has admired and one to which he is nearly engaged. The story exposes Tony's immature and foolish behaviour as he tries deceiving each of the women for his personal satisfaction. The second story 'Late Night On Watling Street' by Bill Naughton is another story of deception, but set in the late twentieth century. The main character Jackson, a lorry driver and unlike Tony in the first story, he is portrayed as a much 'deeper character', but to what depths are not known until the final paragraphs of the story reveal a quite sinister character. The story revolves around a group of drivers who regularly ride up and down Watling Street and know each other from frequent visits at a well-respected caf� on route. In the story Jackson seems to have had a relationship with Ethel, the caf� owners' wife, but the story keeps the reader in suspense of its exact nature. However, the story uses this theme to emphasise the consequence of Jackson's ultimate deceit. Onlookers narrate both stores. ...read more.

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He plans early revenge on he policemen, by provoking an accident that results in their death, but he looses the friendship of the drivers and most of all Ethel. Jackson is portrayed as an arrogant, self opinionated, working class man who hates any form of rule. This is shown when he enters the caf� and Lew politely asks if he has ordered, Jackson arrogantly answers, "I am not getting measured for a suit". Jackson is described as having "a dark chin, pale face, black hair". I think hat Bill Naughton is trying to portray to the reader by using these descriptions that he is a suspicious character with a dark side that hides a lot of anger and aggression. Small signs of this can be seen throughout the story. One noticeable incident is when Lew plays the jukebox and dances with his wife Ethel. At this point Naughton describes Jackson's face as "dead poisonous" and then Jackson's aggression is seen when he walks over to the juke box and gives it "a back heeler". This shows Jackson's nastiness, which is then used to build the plan of the police running under the trailer of his lorry. Lew is annoyed because Jackson is trying to stop him from dancing with his wife, but uses the excuse that he "put his money in he box". Jackson being an arrogant and cunning character twists the statement as a way of getting himself out of a self created situation by saying "why didn't you say I was the money that was troubling you". ...read more.

Conclusion

In late nineteenth early twentieth century, when a man asked a woman to marry him, this was seen as their engagement, and his was then their 'legal' agreement, that would not be terminated. Similarly for a woman once she had been asked and had accepted, then it was a great humiliation for her and her family if she was then passed for another woman. This is why Hannah's father would not consider his daughter marrying Tony. "My daughter is not willing, Sir" he says Therefore Milly will still marry Tony although his actions are extremely dishonest, but this is better than 'loosing face'. The truckers show a great social bond and working class ethic.' Lancashire helps Lancashire' indicates that they look out for each other on the roads. The food they eat in the transport caf� e.g. egg and chips also reflects a working class status. The banter between them, "'That's Jackson now' says Willie" This shows that they are common enemies are the police. The story also reflects the hard work and long days of the working man- they are in the caf� late in the evening. However one of the facets of working man is not just their sticking together and hard work, but integrity, a basic honesty. Thus we see ultimately that when Jackson's actions cause death to the policeman, although they will not 'tell' on Jackson, as he is one of them, they will ostracise him because he has used their honesty. In the other story Tony shows deceits, but Milly still marries him to maintain her integrity and keep her reputation undamaged. ...read more.

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