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Describe the characters of Tony and Rudy. In what ways are the characters similar? In Tony Kites the Arch deceiver.

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Siobhan Higgins 8104 Comparative essay G.C.S.E English Coursework * Describe the characters of Tony and Rudy. In what ways are the characters similar? You should think about: * How each character treats the women in the stories * How each character tries to deceive people * Whether each character is in control of relationships and situations * How you feel about each character at the end of each of the stories The stories of "Tony Kytes the arch deceiver" and "seeing a beauty queen home" are very similar. Tony Kytes was written by Thomas Hardy before the start of the war and represents the attitudes of men towards women in that era. "Seeing a beauty queen home" was written by Bill Naughton after the war and shows how one man tries his best to deceive the woman in his life. In Tony Kytes the arch deceiver Tony sees himself as a bit of a ladies man. He has three women on the go throughout the story and treats each woman with very little respect. He likes the attention he gets from women, and sees, as he doesn't want to settle down, it would be foolish to turn down an offer from a woman. ...read more.

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Both stories focus mainly on the men's deception of the ladies. In seeing a beauty queen home, Rudy deceives the lady in the story beyond belief, feeding her lines such as: "Now I don't want to get you into any bother" Actually Rudy doesn't care if she gets in trouble, he only has one thing on his mind. He does a list of thing, which is all meant to lead to getting his wicked way. He deliberately misses his train, in order to invite himself back to the beauty queen's house "Suppose I miss it?" I said "You'll have to walk," she said "Oh let it go," I said He uses his way with the words to his advantage, and does a lot of sweet-talking in order to get what he wants. He doesn't only lie to the lady he is trying to trick into bed however, he pretends to be someone he isn't when he is confronted by the lady's grandma "Course I've changed, what do you expect" His deception continues and he actually believes that his plan is going to work, but this is just another way in which he deceives not only people around him, but himself. ...read more.

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He then messes thing up further by asking each woman to marry him. His indecisiveness catches up with him, and his inability to make a commitment leaves him alone and lonely. Rudy also thinks he is in control of the situation he is in and his relationship, and up to a point the audience believe it as well, however his dreams of bedding the beauty queen are crushed when he is refused. As the beauty queen put it he is "Too bloody smart" He has been refused because of his cocky attitude. The stories teach us a lesson for life, "What a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive" Both men could benefit greatly by telling the truth to the ladies they are after, and although at the end of the stories I see both men as being taught a lesson, I can't help but feel sorry for them as neither men set out to deliberately hurt the ladies in their life. Each character has changed throughout the story at the. At the beginning of the story we are in awe of their way with the ladies, however at the end of the story, we laugh at their pathetic attempts to cover up the mistakes they have made. ...read more.

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