• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9

Compare the treatment of males and females in the two stories; Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver and News Of the engagement.

Extracts from this document...


Compare the treatment of males and females in the two stories; Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver and News Of the engagement. In examining the two stories I will be approaching a sustained inference on how men and women are portrayed within each story. Looking at each story I will be able to summarise the way in which the writers deals with the sexes. Within each short story I will be dealing with different issues that emphasis the treatment of theses constituents. Evidentially, the characters are an important indication to what and how ideas are portrayed. I will be dealing with the characters and how they bond 'male and female' interaction or parental bonding 'mother and son'. I will also be looking in depth on love and how that affects the people within each story. Tony Kytes the arch deceiver is a short story that has a very contradictory meaning. As expected the title would be an indication to how the story is structured. 'The arch deceiver' this immediately gives an implication to what is in expectance within this story. The idea that deceivers are dark schemer, have a clinical view of how things should be. However, 'arch' gives a clear indication that this character is the top, the highest by the way in which the title dominant within this story. It would be lead to believe that Tony Kytes is a person who has aspirations and has high standards that are planned to accuracy. Yet, his failure is his defeasance. The slackness of his planning leads him into his disaster 'fate' towards the end of the story. The prominence of the title could be the technicalities of the story. The Arch Deceiver is clearly a strong standing statement yet could it be that the writer is deceiving the reader rather than it imposing any inference on the story other than that it is a clear contradiction to who Tony really is. ...read more.


He knows that she cares enormously for him and he takes advantage of this. He is not selfish but though-less. He believes that his mother has no life and she would be upset by the news of his engagement- maybe he thinks she has no life. Yet, the twist of the story is cleverly structured as the mother also conveying a relationship and has the same apprehensions of what the son is to encounter by the news. Neither understands each other on this level of intimacy as it seems as if they both feel so dependant of each other. It would seem that they are both under stating each other and maybe being selfish towards their needs as people. Toward the end of the story the son realises the change and matures to the idea giving a softened edge to the story leaving with the moral of love being no conquer for age. The title 'News of engagement' is the structure of the story. Early within the story to the perception of the reader it would seem that Philip the son was to give the news to his mother however his reluctance is high. Yet, the title becomes the 'twist within the tale'- his mother' news of her relationship with Mr. Nixon. Bennett cleverly gives a realistic view of the story as things are not what they seem. The introduction of the story states that Philips was to arrive at the station only to find his mother not waiting at his arrival. This is insignificant to the element of the story however, it simples outlines a base for the reader. The statement clearly shows that the relationship between the two is important. Their relationship is very close although they don't live together letter were sent between each other 'every week'. He and his mother have sediments of closeness about them and they share everything together. ...read more.


To the reader it could also propose a man with no respect a person who has no consideration for him or his actions. The formalities of the story are fictional. As if it could be a television programme in the genre of light comedy. The story on a whole seems very over rated by Tony's antics and the humour given in several areas could give the implication of a dramatised performance. For instance the imagery of the three girls tumbling out of the cart and then quarrelling and fighting between them would give a great sense of humour to the audience. It would seem if the story was formed to a production of a play or film. Tony would be ironic and most likely sarcastic, we see his character seems quite simple yet we could imagine his facial expressions. News of the engagement is much more realistic. It would seem as if it was a real life situation and could be approachable to everyone in whatever form of situation. The idea of two people who are close together in many forms yet cannot share problems 'new change' as they believe they are so dependant of each other. The story seems more affable to connect with it is not intimidating by the ideas, meanings and morals. The story gives a sense of harmony an essence of love and warmth. The audience could appeal to a wide range of people. The ideas of mother and son relationship could indeed grip the attention of woman and maybe learn from this whereas it could apply to children or people of a developing age. The hidden meanings within the story seem to leap out at the reader and the jaw- dropping change in the story gives that sense of excitement in the reader. 'We live and learn' is an excellent finish with leaves the reader with something to walk away with. Like a pearl that they can roll between the fingers something that they can look at from different angles and see the beauty from each way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Thomas Hardy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Thomas Hardy essays

  1. "What do the writers of the stories you have studied reveal about society's attitudes ...

    the choice of a job, there is no need to be so dependent on males. 'The Story of an Hour' shows how restricted women were due to men in 1894. Mrs. Mallard is described as very weak, "pressed down by a physical exhaustion" and with a "dull stare" until the

  2. Analyzing the presentation of the male characters in Half Brothers, Tony Kytes and News ...

    There seems to be no bias in the narration of the story except any bias that aunt fanny may have. This is because he is only retelling the story from what he has already been told by aunt fanny. In the story of Tony Kytes, the description of Tony is told in a mixture of 1st and 3rd person.

  1. In the short stories we have studied, Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver, The History ...

    It isn't until 1857 that women were allowed to have control over their earnings under the Matrimonial Causes Act. Under this Act, they could also obtain a divorce without an Act of Parliment. Women in the nineteenth century did not have a right to further education until 1874 when the London School of Medicine for Women was founded.

  2. Comparison of Tickets, Please and Tony Sykes

    In Tony Kytes there would definitely be no sex before marriage. The main reason for this is because of the community disapproved of this and parents would also not accept sex before marriage. If Tony Kytes were to live in the time of John Thomas he may have had a sexual relationship before marriage.

  1. Tony Kites, the Arch Deceiver

    For a bit. Then I let them out. I'm not cruel. But they've got to learn, haven't they. Kids these days. Well' it sounds as if the mother is talking to the shoes not her daughter. This is quite ironic because there are quite a few references to shoes not

  2. The three stories, I am going to compare are 'The Withered Arm', 'The Son's ...

    One night Rhoda has a dream that her son is sleeping and someone comes near him. She throws them off. The dream seems very real to her. Rhoda and Farmer Lodges new wife, Gertrude, become friends. Gertrude has a mark on her arm in the shape of someone's fingers.

  1. Essay with reference to the following Thomas Hardy short stories "Tony Kytes: Arch Deceiver", ...

    We know this because it says 'He was quite a women's favourite'. At the start of the Story, Tony is in a strong relationship with Milly Richards and has a slightly better relationship with her than with the other two girls.

  2. Thomas Hardy, 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' and Charlotte Perkins Gilman 'Turned' In what ...

    Marroner might have been away for such a long time and writing letters to his wife that they should have a new honey moon when he comes back out of shame, because he new that his wife will be angry that Gerta became pregnant.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work