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Compare and Contrast the Treatment of Women In the Stories "Tony Kytes: The Arch Deceiver" and "Roald Dahls: Lamb to the Slaughter"

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Compare and Contrast the Treatment of Women In the Stories "Tony Kytes: The Arch Deceiver" and "Roald Dahls: Lamb to the Slaughter" The two stories "Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy written in the Victorian times and Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter" written in the 1950's have their very own individual story line but, both are linked between correlations of how women degraded themselves to be a man's possession. The Arch-Deceiver has a theme that illustrates to the reader how women were denied the right to have an identity of their own during that period of time. The plot in this story explains how women degraded themselves to be a man's possession to get access to being in society. Lamb to the Slaughter, by Roald Dahl, demonstrates how a woman initially conforms to being a typical 1950's housewife but changes into a lady who shows faith in herself and allows her intellect to save her from the gallows. The main character in The Arch Deceiver is a young man named Tony Kytes. At the beginning of the story Tony is described as not attractive or appealing to look at and was not seen as the epitome of Adonis. All this indicated to the readers that Tony is not the type of man who would be normally chased by women. Ironically three women are pursuing him at once. ...read more.

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The way in which the-three women behave shows the desperation for Tony's attention and they force him to look at them. The three girls are described identically and only their names show which girl they really are. They are seen as having the same identity and having no personality of their own. "Am I not prettier than she". The women force him to admit whether she is prettier and judge by her looks, not her intellect. Throughout the story women show desperation for marriage and all emphasise is on how they try to achieve a proposal of marriage. Mary Maloney perceives she has a perfect utopian marriage. She is carrying her husband's child and has created her own little world where she is blissfully content. "She loved him for the way he came in the door" She knows every intimate detail about him and is shown to live in a very na�ve world. All women in Tony Kytes show they are prepared to degrade themselves and put their dignity aside for the sake of a wedding ring. Tony knows how important marriage is to them and uses emotional blackmail. "Might but a loving question?" He doesn't propose but the hint of marriage is good enough to get them to do whatever he desired. Victorian men had power and total control over women. The women were willing to hide in the back of a wagon and this highlights the importance of marriage to woman. ...read more.

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They instantly assume the killer is a man, believing her alibi and don't even consider a soft and gentle, loving women like Mary Maloney could be capable of committing such a gruesome crime. Mary runs into a police officers arm and conforms to his expectations and hugs him. "Always treated her kindly." She acts like a woman incapable of murder and performs perfectly. Ironically not only has she committed the crime, she got the police officers to eat the evidence, "kitchen eating" Mary proves women can be superior to men and use their intellect agilely. Neither unity nor Hannah agrees to marry Tony "His jaw drops" as he is expecting all the women to be falling in deep love with him. Mille is left and only marries him as she is desperate for marriage emphasising again the need for Victorian women to be married. Hardy's story is mocking of women during the Victorian Times. He used the story to authenticate the abuse women had to face because society forced them to believe they needed to have a man to gain status. Dahl destroyed the myth of women being inferior and incapable of intelligence and confirmed to readers that women can do anything just as well as men. He used a serious crime such as murder to prove to people that women are able to think for themselves and look after themselves. He used Mary Maloney to establish his theory of equality between men and women. Rahel Ahmed English coursework ...read more.

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