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Discuss and compare the differences of the portrayal and male and female characters within ‘Tony Kytes the arch deceiver’ and ‘The Seduction’ ?

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Discuss and compare the differences of the portrayal and male and female characters within 'Tony Kytes the arch deceiver' and 'The Seduction' Both pieces of text explore the idea of young women being misled by men. This is shown through their innocence and obedience. This can be seen to the extent that the women in 'Tony Kytes' are willing to hide under tarpaulin in order to avoid confrontation. "(Insert Quote)" The differences between the two pieces of text are in that the consequences. The gullibility of the girl in the seduction poem are devastating, while the women in the Tony Kytes story merely suffer some injury to their dignity. Tony, through his conversation with the women shows that he is indecisive, weak and a charmer. The boy's character is very different to Tony's. The boy is a rogue, shadowy figure. Tony sweet-talks the ladies in order to be assured of companionship. ...read more.

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The girl in the poem is guilty of being na�ve, gullible and confusing lust with love. Evidence of this can be seen where she believes what she has seen: "And she stifled a giggle, reminded of numerous stories from teenage magazines" The girl wants to believe the tabloids. She either never looked at the problem page or she is a victim of 'it will never happen to me.' She was under pressure from social expectations for the time. It is interesting to see how the girl becomes drunk through contrasting thoughts. Firstly, the girl thinks that the boys "Kiss tasted of nicotine," and then later she changes her mind by thinking: "His kiss was scented by Listerine" Unity and Hannah take advantage of Tony's weak character and encourage Tony to flatter and deceive through the two women being very flirtatious. "And can you say I'm not pretty, Tony? Now look at me!" At the time it was a social expectation to get married. ...read more.

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They show just how much things have changed within one hundred years. One more thing which greatly helps to show when the poem was set is the use of the metaphor: "Silver stream of traffic", And the use of the personification: "Blind windows of the tower blocks." These are both widely recognised as modern items. Hardy attempts to make his story humorous by writing that the women hide, one under some sacks and one under a piece of tarpaulin. The only humour in McCauley's poem is in the title - 'The Seduction'. The humour is that it is very ironic. There is no seduction in this poem. Even though Hardy tries to make his story humorous, both pieces of text portray a very serious idea, the idea of betrayal and deceiving. In conclusion, the women in the story and the poem are similar because of their vulnerability of being a woman trying to have a relationship with a man.i By Shaun Campbell ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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