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My assignment is to compare and contrast the two male characters in the stories, 'Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver' and 'Tickets Please'.

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Amin Bedri John Loughborough School Centre number: 11213 English Coursework wider reading Wider Reading My assignment is to compare and contrast the two male characters in the stories, 'Tony Kytes the Arch-Deceiver' and 'Tickets Please'. I found these two stories severely facetious. Firstly 'Tickets Please' was written by D. H. Lawrence. It was written in the 20th century. 'Tickets Please' is set in World War One as the narrator mentions "Since we are in war-time" The two stories, 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' and 'Tickets Please' were set 25 years apart. The plot for 'Tickets Please' is concerning a woman named Annie and a man named John Thomas who is was a good-looking man. But the down side to him is he is not the committed type. John dumps her the reason being that she took to much interest into him. Subsequently Annie now wants revenge. On the other hand in the story 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' the male lead is anxious to marry and settle down. 'Tony Kytes, the Arch Deceiver' was set at the end of the nineteenth century in a rural community, which seems mostly unaffected by the modern things coming along; it remains traditional in both the way of life and the attitudes of the community. ...read more.

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He is more younger looking than John Thomas and doesn't have the manly features like the moustache which John Thomas has "There was no more sign of a whisker or beard on Tony Kytes' face than on the palm of my hand" Another big difference between the men have very much in difference is that John Thomas is only interested in short-term relationships whereas Tony Kytes wants commitment and marriage. Overall both men enjoy their success with women. The turning point in the story is when both male leading roles are faced with the position where they have to pick and favour one of the female characters. The choosing takes place in a 'rough but cosy' waiting room and is subsequently longer than what Tony Kytes faced. Tickets Please is very vengeful, violent and vindictive and the women are very savage. The brutality shown towards John Thomas by the women is very severe and either unpleasant or satisfying depending on how the reader feels towards John. It was compulsory that John Thomas should choose as according to the women. It was very extraordinary that he lacks control as he is the 'chief' and even though he tries to talk with 'official authority' to get the girls to open the 'blasted door', he is forced to choose a woman "You've got to choose" "I choose Annie". ...read more.

Conclusion

I have come to a conclusion that in both these stories there is an irony in the fact that the women fall for the charms of these two men who both are lacking something. Tony is not good looking as he had "a seam here and there left by the small pox" and John Thomas is not at war with the rest of the men of his generation, he might be a coward or timid. Overall these two stories show how dramatically the roles of men and women changed in just 25 years around the time of the Industrial Revolution. They show because men being at war, the women were finally given the chance to show that they no longer wanted to be pretty wives and domestic servants, who had to behave a certain way and were frightened to have an opinion, like the women in "Tony Kytes". They needed a chance to show that they were not inferior, and the absence of men. The ending of "Tickets Please" reveals although the women had demonstrated that the stereotypes of what they were capable of were far from the truth, they had not totally got one over on John Thomas. Here the author shows, not where one sex was superior in society to the other and that there is such a thing equal opportunities. ...read more.

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