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Compare the female characters in each of the three narratives. What are the similarities and differences in the way they are represented and react to the male characters?

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Wider Reading Title: Compare the female characters in each of the three narratives. What are the similarities and differences in the way they are represented and react to the male characters? Men and Women are often described as being from different planets because of their significant differences. Physically, mentally and emotionally are the most obvious aspects which separates the two genders, but it is generally the human egotistic mind that prevents men and women to cooperate together and live in complete harmony. A lot of women have different beliefs and ambitions in life and think ahead about most things more thoroughly. Where as, Men incline to be lazy and are known to be quite stubborn and obtain that macho-type supremacy. Women tend to be more critical and men are generally less erratic. Most men have more physical and simpler interests and women have a more social friendly get together. Although men have been the dominant species in the past and women have been very restricted, that doesn't always reflect the situation at present. Many women can use sex as an inducement to manipulate men, as men are quite vulnerable for sex. Relationship wise men can use the word "love" to convince a woman to sleep with them, so manipulation can work both ways. These narratives are all written by men so the representation of the men and women is more likely to be from a biased view. The perception of women seen as objects or trophies by men is reflected throughout the three narratives. ...read more.

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the woman refuse him. In "Seeing a Beauty Queen Home," the style, tone and language between this narrative and that of "Tony Kytes..." is very evident in the text. "Tony Kytes..." was set in 1894 and this narrative is set in 1959 so there is a big cultural change. The sixties brought greater sexual freedom, free discussion of previous prohibited issues and more choice, wealth and mobility. This narrative is all from Rudy's observation and it is clear that he is very self-assured about himself. He uses slang in the text like "stumer" meaning a failure or loser regarding women. He also refers to one woman as a "wench" and speaks of certain women to be "Beauty Queens." This reinforces the image of women being perceived as objects or trophies. After deciding to choose Maggie to see home, he states "Anything over two miles and you only saw them to the tram," suggesting it was a set rule for men and/or the woman wasn't worth the tram fare or distance. Only because Maggie was a "Beauty Queen" he thought she was worth it and decided to see her home and miss the tram back. There is a sense of sexual tension in the text as you can suggest from Rudy's behavior. While convincing himself she was worth the four-mile walk back he says, "She'd be good when she got warmed up," as if she was a machine. His language is quite provocative and he is very self-centered. ...read more.

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At first they trick him into entering the waiting-room where the women were and then they begin to antagonise him. As they are tormenting him the women are described as, "Strange, wild creatures," which reminds us of the beginning of the story. Many vigorous adjectives are used again in this part of the text, like "wild," and "mad," which mirrors the opening part of the narrative. They also order him to choose the person he is going to marry which brings back the whole issue of marriage. After having chose Annie she appears to be shocked and at the same time disgusted. She says she doesn't want him and everyone else agrees that they won't have him either. This part is similar to when Tony Kytes has to make a choice and the person he selects repudiates him. Also, the women do secretly like him but when confronted in front of the other females it seems as though their pride takes priority over their true feelings. The outcome of the women's response is somewhat ironic as the male gets physically beaten and left humiliated. Also, it shows that manipulation can easily be recognised and the manipulator can get manipulated. All of the male protagonists in the three narratives were fairly obvious in their intentions from the women and the women associated with them eventually realised what their true objectives were, which brings me to my conclusion. Although someone's physical features may have its advantages it can't get you everything whenever you please. Manipulation is a very egotistic obsession and isn't easy to disguise, consequently when identified, it could all reverse against you. ...read more.

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