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Compare the two short stories Tickets Please written by D.H. Lawrence And Tony Kytes written by Thomas Hardy.

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Compare the two short stories Tickets Please written by D.H. Lawrence And Tony Kytes written by Thomas Hardy. The two stories: Tickets Please and Tony Kytes show how the position of women and their acceptance in society changed in the short period of just 25 years. Both stories differ and also show similarities in many ways. In this essay I plan to put forward these differences and explain them in as best way as possible using both texts to compare and contrast. 'Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver' was written by Thomas Hardy. Born in 1840, Hardy is most famous for his novels, poetry and short stories. 'Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver' relates back to his upbringing in the rural countryside. Hardy created a fictional place within it called Wessex. The story shows life in the rural community, the people being very relaxed in the way that they live. The women in the story did hardly any work other than working within their houses and on their farms. 'Tickets Please' written by D.H. Lawrence is another short story but written 25 years after 'Tony Kytes'. This story is also set in D.H Lawrence's home region of Nottinghamshire betraying a much more urban setting. This story shows a greater amount of independence in the life of women. The men are all away fighting in the war and the women have been left doing jobs previously thought only suitable for men. ...read more.

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The women in 'Tony Kytes' are very feminine, the only plans they had for the future were to settle down as soon as possible and have children this was certainly not the case in 'Tickets Please'. Marriage was less important because of the war. Tony Kytes is polite and respectful in the way he addresses and talks to his women. Using phrases such as: 'darling' and 'dear Hannah'. He is a lot more 'tender' in his words compared to John Thomas who comes over as abrupt and brash. He shows no respect towards women whereas Tony would have been brought up to do so. The male characters in the two stories are not the only people to have differences and similarities. The females do aswell. Annie Stone from 'Tickets Please' and Milly Richards from 'Tony Kytes' differ tremendously. Annie is very independent not having to rely on men to get on with her life. She is well built and manly, strong and powerful. She is not there to be messed about, she shows in depth knowledge into the way men behave and is always ready to 'pounce on youths' and 'push of men'. Millie however is the complete opposite. She relies on men a great deal and shows no from of independence. She is feminine and obliging towards Tony, 'I don't mind to oblige you, Tony'. ...read more.

Conclusion

As mentioned before the two stories both start of very differently. In 'Tickets Please' we get a real flavour for the surrounding area and the beginning text gives a great start to the story. We are being taken into the story through a ride on a tram, describing many sites along the way. The sentences are long relating to the length of the tramline. In 'Tony Kytes' the story jumps straight into a description of the main character, Tony Kytes. I think 'Tony Kytes' shows a humorous plot to the story compared to the more serious and abrupt message portrayed in 'Tickets Please'. Overall, the two stories show how dramatically the roles of men and women changed in a small period of just 25 years during the Industrial Revolution. This is mainly to do with the outbreak of the War that changed the characteristics of the women completely. Having no men meant they had to take charge themselves. As a modern day male reader I much preferred Tony Kytes, as there was a strong sense of humour throughout the story. I felt that the character of 'Tony Kytes' was what made the humour in the story run smoothly. If I were to re-write 'Tony Kytes', as a male writer and reader I would not change a thing! I think these two stories are directed towards male readers because of the way the men treat the women. This may offend women readers. Stuart Small. 11-OD. ...read more.

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