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Comparing "Tony Kytes," with "Tickets Please."

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Comparing "Tony Kytes," with "Tickets Please." The two stories, "Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver" and "Tickets Please" were set 25 years apart around the turn of the century. These two stories show how the position of both men and women changed in this short space of time. "Tony Kytes" was set at the end of the nineteenth century in a rural community, which seems mostly unaffected by the Industrial Revolution, remaining traditional in both the way of life and the attitudes of the people. The members of the community are very relaxed in the way that they live, riding around in the carts, being very leisurely, especially the women who did hardly any work other than in the house. "Tickets Please", set 25 years later, has a much more urban setting with a tougher, faster lifestyle, with all the danger and excitement of the tramlines shown in the assertive and self-assured behaviour of the women who work on them. The men were away at war and the women were doing jobs, which had previously been thought suitable only for men. They had been given freedom and were empowered and able to take liberties. These women were probably encouraged by the suffragettes; giving them confidence and making them examine their own lives and ambitions. ...read more.

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although the girls refuse him, "she looked back when she'd gone some way, to see if he was following her," here we see how desperate unity for a long-term relationship. But in "Tickets Please" the girls just want a man to have sex with an don't really want a long-term relationship, as they move on from man to man. The other difference is that their jobs were "probably" different as Annie Stone was a tramcar conductor and the girls from Tony Kytes; Milly, unity and Hannah were probably low paid farm workers. Another difference was that Annie Stone wanted an, "Intelligent interest" and the 1896 weren't bothered about this: they just wanted a husband. The similarities between the seriousness of the relationships in each story is that in both stories the women are desperate for a man, "I should have made "ee a finer wife, and more loving one too." This is a quote from Tony Kytes," which really does show how desperate Unity is for a relationship. "She was very glad too have a boy," this is how Annie feels, so this shows how serious she is taking the relationship as well. Another similarity between the two stories are that women would do anything to find a man or convince the man to have a relationship with them, "Think how long we've known each other-ever since we were children almost-now haven't we Tony?" ...read more.

Conclusion

The later story was more serious than the earlier one and is told in the 3rd person. During the whole story D H Lawrence used lots of different images. For example he calls John Thomas, 'Coddy,' sometimes. In Tony Kytes the women really followed Tony around, as they wanted a man for respected and love. The women were not really allowed to do much if they didn't have a husband. Also the women had minor jobs. But in the later story the women had good jobs and independence as the time had changed. In this story John Thomas followed the women but in the earlier story it was different, it was the women following the man. Also in the later story the women beat up John Thomas, but in the earlier story the girls would have never have done this. I have compared the two stories and have come to a decision that the relationships between men and women haven't changed. Women want one partner who will be faithful and stay with them all the time. Men want more than one woman at a time, as long as the women understand. Wars may be won or lost and time may pass, women's fashions may change, but the essential nature of men and women does not alter: men want to be a 'nocturnal presence' and women want an 'intelligent interest.' ...read more.

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