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Comparative essay, comparing 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy with 'Tickets, Please' by D.H. Lawrence

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Kayleigh Myles 10L9 Friday 18th July 2002 G.C.SE. Coursework Comparative essay, comparing 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy with 'Tickets, Please' by D.H. Lawrence Over the past month we have been reading and studying two stories from a book called, "Stories then and now". The first story was called, Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver and was written by Thomas Hardy in 1894. The second story was called, "Tickets, Please" by D.H Laurence and was written in 1924. The two stories have thirty years in between them and have a noticeable difference in the environment and the historical setting. But with this difference, the stories both have similar plots because in D.H. Laurence's story, it is about a young man with lots of girl-fiends whose flirting backfires on him in the end. In Thomas Hardy's story, it was more of a light-hearted comedy but D.H. Laurence's story was more serious. In the story, "Tickets, Please", it was set in an industrial mining country which was near Nottingham during the First World War. The area was described as quotes, 'black industrial countryside', 'long ugly villages', 'grimy cold little market places', 'ugly place', 'gloomy country beyond'. ...read more.

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John Thomas, the main male character from "Tickets, Please" is described like, quote, 'His face ruddy, his small brown moustache is weathered, he has a faint impudent smile, fairly tall and agile, even in his waterproof. The descriptions of both men have given the impression to readers that they were physically attractive. Both Tony Kytes and John Thomas love women and enjoy having lots of girl-friends. Tony is serious and 'unsmiling' but likes to sing rude songs. Quote, 'loved 'em in shoals'. He can't choose between his girl-friends, he wants to marry them all. His decision is swayed by which girl he is with at the time. He is confident that he can have the women he picks but I think that it is not all Tony's fault because I also think that the women are stupid for not noticing him with other women and allowing themselves to be persuaded to hide in the wagon. John Thomas loves girls but also his freedom. He has no intention of being tied down and goes out with one conductress after another. He is very skilled when it comes to the women; he knows how to flatter a girl. ...read more.

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On page 130, Annie attacks John Thomas with her friends. The attack sounds very vicious, quote 'fear', 'fury', 'butted through', 'distinctively afraid'. In Tony Kytes, the story ends in a kind of ridiculous comedy which is called a 'farce'. Tony Kytes has gone to speak to his father and the horse runs off tilting the wagon with the women, Unity, Milly and Hannah tumbling out of it crying and screeching. Unity and Milly begin arguing. Tony finds he has to explain to them but just proposes to the women in which he preferred the most and is rejected. Tony looks really shocked, quote, 'looking as if he had been struck by lightning'. This quote is a simile. I think that this story is a sad ending for Tony and the women as they all loved him but I think to refuse his proposals was for the best. I think each writer, D.H. Laurence and Thomas Hardy have written entertaining stories but I feel they have tried to include a serious message of basically not messing women around because it will all conclude in tears. I enjoyed, "Tony Kytes-The Arch Deceiver" the most because I thought it was quite amusing how Tony thinks he can get away with having all three of his ex-lovers in the wagon and in their presence proposes to each girl to which he most preferred as his wife. ...read more.

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