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Comparing And Contrasting D.H. Lawrence Short Stories

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Introduction

Comparing And Contrasting D.H. Lawrence Short Stories In my opinion, the main and most significant difference between the two stories is that the first, 'Strike Pay' is mainly concerned with a male-only excursion, which shows male dominance and strength of mind. 'Tickets, Please', however, shows female strength and power over men. 'Strike Pay' is the story of a group of four men who, after receiving their strike pay, walk to the nearest town to watch a football match. The event becomes a very stereotypical male outing, involving betting, sports and consumption of alcohol, as similar outings do today. This, in contrast to 'Tickets, Please', shows very conventional male behaviour. 'Tickets, Please' shows very dominant, albeit not conventional or stereotypical, female behaviour. An example of which is the line "He was uneasy mistrusting them. Yet he had not the courage to break away," shows the dominance that the female characters have in the story line, as the line describes the only male character's suffering in the hands of seven female characters, who trap him in a room and violently attack him.

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Lawrence uses stereotypes strongly in both novels, in my opinion, to show that the characters are metaphors for, in 'Strike Pay' man-kind and, in 'Tickets, Please', women-kind. For example, the typically male excursion in 'Strike Pay' and, in 'Tickets, Please' , the fact that the women became emotionally attached to John Thomas, but he did not return the affection. Also, in the two stories, a contrast is made between the description of the open land in 'Strike Pay' as a 'drying ground for many women's washing' and the fact that the main character's wife's only purpose in life is to serve her husband and the female dominance and lack of necessary male presence in 'Tickets, Please'. Another striking contrast between the stories is the fact that 'Strike Pay' contains a huge amount of regional dialect. For example, the quote used previously is an example of how the characters speak using strong regional and periodical dialect of Derbyshire in the late 19th Century.

Conclusion

This may echo Wharmby's feelings of agitation because of his change in surroundings. The animal metaphors in 'Tickets, Please' are more frequent and usually describe the aboriginal feelings and impulses that the characters experience. For example, the group of girls that attack John Thomas are described as a 'flock' that the male character 'casts his eyes over.' John Thomas, in my opinion, assumes the role of a wolf eyeing the flock of sheep before attacking, maybe to pick out the (emotionally) weak or solitary. This mimics his 'predatory' role in the story, hunting down and capturing the innocent young sheep or lambs, which are often poetically female to echo feminine innocence and purity. In short, I feel that the main contrast between the two short stories is the fact that 'Strike Pay' shows male dominance in a society where women are little more than housewives, while 'Tickets, Please', shows very strong female strength to overcome the evils of male restraints. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Vella 11B

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