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Compare the relationships between men and women in 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy and 'Tickets Please' by D.H Lawrence. Consider how their behavior might have been conditioned by the social and cultural attitudes at those times.

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Caroline Jennings 10b1 Compare the relationships between men and women in 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy and 'Tickets Please' by D.H Lawrence. Consider how their behavior might have been conditioned by the social and cultural attitudes at those times. Throughout time, through all social and cultural settings men and women have had relationships, like the settings these relationships have changed. I am going to be looking at the relationships between men and women in 'Tony Kytes' and 'Tickets Please'. These two stories are very different but there are some similarities. In both stories there are women who suffer at the hands of womanizing men and in the end these men have to make a choice about which girl they want. I will compare the setting (time and place), the characters, as well as the power and choices of the men and women in each story. I will consider how the social and cultural attitudes of the time may have affected these relationships. There is a big contrast in the setting of 'Tony Kytes' and 'Tickets Please'. 'Tony Kytes' is set in a pretty, rural, countryside village whereas 'Tickets Please' is set on a tram. It is set in the countryside but not like the rural countryside of 'Tony Kytes'. It is portrayed as being ugly and hostile. The setting of 'Tony Kytes' is not such a big part of the story unlike 'Tickets Please'. The setting of this story is very important and Lawrence uses the first couple of pages to set the scene. ...read more.

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She says to him "My dear Tony won't you give me a lift home". As soon as she is on the cart she directs the conversation with her questions. The questions she asks are very forward. She talks in a "tender chide". Hannah also manipulates Tony. She forces him to give her a ride and then she uses her beauty to charm him. She is very flirty with him and is very forward with what she says. Although Tony doesn't seem to have much control over the women he still manages to get on to marry him because they needed to get a husband. In 'Tickets Please' the women have a lot more power than the women in 'Tony Kytes'. They are out doing the mens' jobs because the men are at war. The women on the tram have a lot of control over the men on the tram. They are described as "fearless young hussies". They will kick men of the tram at their stop and will "pounce" on the men who try to avoid buying tickets. Annie has a lot of power over the men on her tram. Annie has the power and control to get revenge on John Thomas at the end of the story. The women are taking control of their actions and lives. The style and language of each story reflects the meaning and tones of the story. 'Tony Kytes' is an anecdote and uses local dialect. It has a slow, easy, fun style. The story is lighted and not very serious. 'Tickets Please' has a very different style. ...read more.

Conclusion

He judges them by looks and how good they would be to him. He decides that he likes Unity best on her claim that she " should have made 'ee a finer wife, and a more loving one too." He then decides he should marry Hannah, as she is the most beautiful. The only reason Tony ends up marrying Milly is because the others refused him. Nobody in 'Tickets Please' gets what the want at the end of the story. The girls wanted to get revenge on John Thomas because of the way he treated them. They were given the power to humiliate him but instead of them feeling happy afterwards they were left feeling sad and guilty for their rash actions. Even though John Thomas chooses Annie she rejects him because of the way he treated her before and because of what she and the other girls did to him. John Thomas is made to choose a girl in the end. The girls force the decision on him in a very violent way, which shocks both the girls and him. The way the girls react to the decision made by John Thomas is very different from the way the girls behave towards Tony and his decision. This could be a reflection of the position of women in each story. If the women in 'Tony Kytes' had behaved like the women in 'Tickets Please' they would probably have never married. The women in 'Tickets Please' however can behave like they do as they are becoming independent and are trying to show the world they are equal to men and no longer need them too survive. ...read more.

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