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The genre of "Tickets please" is a short, fictional story with a primary purpose of entertaining an adult audience. The outline of the story is set in the Midlands in war time.

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The genre of "Tickets please" is a short, fictional story with a primary purpose of entertaining an adult audience. The outline of the story is set in the Midlands in war time (World War 1) and concentrates on the lives of young girls who are short of eligible young men; the men having gone off to "fight the good fight" and defend their country. The women have had to take over the masculine roles at this time and this passage demonstrates how brave and adventurous they became at a time of changing social values. There is a strong bond and comradery as they stand united in their job and in their view of John Thomas as a gallivanting lothario. Laurence uses powerful, descriptive sentences to create tension by building up what starts out as a tussle and turns into a full-blown fight between John Thomas and the girls. ...read more.

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He creates tension and suspense that builds to a crescendo as JT is set upon by the girls and vainly tries to retaliate. He uses alliteration in "he sprang and seized her" to try and display the panic that is setting into the situation and gives JT short sentences whereas the girls are given longer descriptive passages encompassing noun phrases. The rhythm of the verb phrases suggest movement, speed and aggression and again provides animal imagery "their blood was now thoroughly up" suggests an animal that has been tormented until it can take no more and is finally retaliating. "He was their sport now" suggests possession and ownership of the "prey" that JT has become and he has been hunted and captured by the pack of rampaging females. The use of "their own back" indicates revenge on the part of this band of women and suggests that nothing is going to stop them now they have started on their quest. ...read more.

Conclusion

Once JT finally falls to the ground the women kneel on him and pause for breath in their triumph. "Their faces were flushed, their hair wild, their eyes were all glittering strangely" allows insight into how intense the situation has become and how, at the pinnacle of the fight the pack is now untied in victory. As Annie speaks to him in " terrifying, cold triumph" one gets the image that it is a hollow victory and JT tries to rise up and resume some control. However, the girls use "unnatural strength and power" forcing him down and the only way that he can calm their adrenaline and their flush of success is by choosing the victor. JT chooses Annie in malice, but she outwardly rejects him to save face amongst her fellow captors, the vengeful vindictive violence has all been in vain as no one has won the situation and the girls retreat quite sheepishly having displayed their ruthless natures to the world. ...read more.

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