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Explore the Presentation of women in Thomas Hardy's

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Explore the Presentation of women in Thomas Hardy's "Tony Kytes - the arch deceiver and D.H Lawrence's "Tickets Please" At the beginning of "Tony Kytes - the arch deceiver" ,by Thomas Hardy, we first meet the character of Tony Kytes. Hardy uses a full character description to build up a mental image of Tony Kytes before we hear of the story. In contrast to this, the story "Tickets Please" by D. H Lawrence begins with a setting description. The two stories have many similar characteristics. Although they were written with 25 years difference in them, there are many things which are the same. Both stories show the position of men and women at the time of setting. In "Tony Kytes - the arch deceiver" we can tell from descriptive sentences like "and looked at the trees, and beasts, and birds, and insects, and at the ploughman at work in the fields" that this is a rural community not yet hit by the industrial revolution. The members of this village are relaxed, and a sense of tranquillity surrounds the story, even with the defamation at the end. We can tell this by the way Tony rides around in a cart, rather than a bicycle or on a train. ...read more.

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D. H Lawrence describes the girls as "fearless young hussies" and he tells the readers that "they fear no-one". This tells us that the roles of women have changed dramatically in the twenty-five years in-between the setting of the two books as the women are now very unruly, in control and most of all, they own their own mind and won't be told what to do by the male characters. Unlike the rough, cocky mannerisms of the women in "Tickets please" the women in "Tony Kytes - The arch deceiver" behave in the way "expected" of women in those times. They were expected to respect their men and make him a good wife and look after his children and they seem to accept this without argument. "I would make you a finer wife" says Unity when she tries to persuade Tony to marry her. Women in these times did not do much strenuous activity, and this is reflected in "Tony Kytes - The arch deceiver" by the girls only walking through the town. . Mr Kytes, Tony's father, also shows the importance of society by asking Tony "not to go around causing a scandal" when he rides with Hannah Jolliver. Also he says Tony should marry Milly, because she was the only one who "did not ask to ride with him". ...read more.

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Women were very much seen as the "lower classes" and were called "maids". The women at this time were ruled by the men, as shown by Hannah Jolliver's father in "Tony Kytes - the arch deceiver" when he decides for her that she will not marry Tony - "My daughter is not willing sir", without giving his daughter a say in her life. Hannah obviously will do anything that her father says, and we can see this by how she "ran to him, crying worse than ever" and also in the fact that she refused to marry Tony just because her father told her not to. The men's power over women is also represented by Tony choosing the most beautiful women and treating it as a game, hiding them in the cart when someone prettier came along. The women happily obliged and did not question his strange request. In "Tickets please" the society is much more tolerant of women and it is accepted that women will not always do as they are told. They accept now that the women no longer will be told what to do, and are in fact scared of them. "Everyone fears them". The authors of both stories how that neither sex wins outright, hinting at the equality that we have today and not where one sex is more powerful than the other. Suzanne Keller 10ST/R2 - 9370 ...read more.

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