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Tickets, Please and Tony Kytes comparison

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Introduction

Tickets, Please is left open-ended. The reader is shocked by the huge violence and is left wondering if John Thomas has learnt his lesson and will he give up or settle down into a lasting relationship. The women proved their point and they feel they may have tamed him but because he has always been a philanderer he may never change. In Tony Kytes the reader is satisfied with the closed ending because the reader is left knowing that they did end up getting married. There is a bit of unfairness as he didn't get his first choice but he is true to all three of the women he would've been happy with any of the women women. Dialect is used throughout Tickets Please. It shows the typical early 20th century working class people. The narration in Tickets, Please is Standard English but the characters 'start speaking dialect' when they are in talking with each other. ...read more.

Middle

The reader feels they are being taken through the journey themselves. We pass through the places such as the 'Co-op', the 'market place' etc. By naming these, the reader feels what the place looks like. There is use of commas, colons and semi-colons to break up the passage. The use of 'wee.........hurray' increases the reader's concentration. At the start of the story it is all in the present tense. This creates a sense of timelessness because the 'workmen's houses', 'cinemas' and 'fat gas works' will always be there. The story of the characters is told in the past tense, this gives us a sense of their passing lives. In Tony Kytes the scene is set in a very different way. It starts off with the narrator's point of view and the reader immediately feels that the narrator is easy and towards Tony Kytes. A female writer in benefit of the women would have ended the story much more differently by being less easy towards him. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Tony Kytes Thomas Hardy uses metaphors to describe Milly's and Tony's reactions. Milly was crying in 'watery streams' and Tony looked like a 'tree struck by lightning'. As a reader I preferred Tickets, Please, as there was a reason for sweet revenge. I felt Milly was too peaceful for her own good. Her life is worthless. But while reading the story the reader has to keep reminding themselves that Milly needed to be peaceful so she could get herself a husband because women needed a man to survive in those days. If Milly was living in Annie's time, then she too may have been violent like Annie. If I were to re-write Tony Kytes. I do not blame the women in Tickets, Please for beating the 'living daylights' out of John because it was extremely unfair that John used Annie and all of the other female members at the tram station. He should not be hurting their feelings so the women are not all to blame. ...read more.

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