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Explain how the opening three paragraphs of “Tickets Please” create an appropriate atmosphere for the rest of the story.

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Introduction

Rishi Saran Explain how the opening three paragraphs of "Tickets Please" create an appropriate atmosphere for the rest of the story. The first sentence of the story sets the scene for the reader. The author describes how the journey on the tramcar is continuous and boring. It is monotonous and describes how the route is set and it does not change from set route. Negative words are used to describe the village, to give the reader the impression there is a sense of darkness and decline, "...the black industrial countryside." The village is described as "grimy", "cold", "gloomy" and "industrial." There is only one sign of human presence, the "workmen's houses." This sentence is continuous for eleven lines with twists and turns just like a tramline might be continuous. DH Lawrence himself was brought up in the Midlands, in a mining town during world war one. He was therefore brought up in the same sort of town as in the one in which he has set the story. ...read more.

Middle

We are in the,"sordid street". We are now the people who are travelling on this vehicle and on our return to, " our terminus". The language is once again brighter," But still perky, jaunty somewhat dare-devil". He finishes this paragraph with an oxymoron describing a "jaunty sprig of parsley out of a block colliery garden". The first paragraph sets the atmosphere for what is to follow. The life of John Thomas is very boring and simple. He collects tickets on tramcars, which is a continuous uninteresting procedure. His life is similar to the sad decline of village, the pollution, the women's houses and the continuous challenged tramline. However there are some interesting parts of his life, the girls at the depot with whom he often went home with after work. This would be the only satisfaction in his life, the "parsley out of a black colliery garden." He also has an air of mystery just like the tramcar in that he does not really know where he comes from or what his life is like similarly and just like John Thomas we know what the journey is but we don't know where the journey is going. ...read more.

Conclusion

After the attack the girls cold heartedly carried on normally as if nothing had happened, showing no emotion. The author says that the "...miners travel, for a change of cinema, of girl, of pub." The reader is made aware of the changing atmosphere. This can be linked to the way John Thomas changes girls as if they are old property, as if they are just a normal habit. The first three paragraphs of 'Tickets Please' have created an atmosphere of decline and darkness. D.H Lawrence has ended the third paragraph by saying, "Trams that pass in the night." This is a modification of the real saying, "Ships that pass in the night." This means that someone has touched another person so much and then they just pass by and leave. Whereas trams have been referred to very negatively throughout the first three paragraphs. Therefore "Trams that pass in the night" would mean that someone so horrible and unpleasant has ruined your life, and left you in a mess without any help. This is similar to the actions of John Thomas, he got girls pregnant and just left them in their own mess. ...read more.

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