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Who Do I Have The Least Sympathy For?, Tony Kytes “ The Arch Deceiver”, John Thomas, “Tickets Please” or Rudy “Seeing A Beauty Queen Home”

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English Assignment Wider Reading Who Do I Have The Least Sympathy For?, Tony Kytes " The Arch Deceiver", John Thomas, "Tickets Please" or Rudy "Seeing A Beauty Queen Home" Who do I have the least sympathy for? Is it John Thomas, "Tickets please", Rudy, "Seeing A Beauty Queen Home", or Tony Kytes, "The Arch Deceiver". These men have had treated women very poorly, and I will decide who is the worst. These stories were set in historic times where adultery was simply an act of crime. Tony Kytes The Arch Deceiver was based in the late 19th century; it displays attitudes to women in a very traditional way. The story is simply about Tony Kytes, who is engaged to be married to a woman named Milly, but one day he was on his way home in his cart and met his ex, Unity Sallat, "may I have a lift home", she says flirtatiously, he, perhaps as the kind man he is, obliges, now this was perhaps the wrong thing to do considering the context of when this was wrote, but anyway the story continues for Tony to spot out a feathered hat from behind a hill, he recognises it as his fianc�'s, Milly, Tony then panics and thinks up of a plan, that Unity can hide in his tarpaulin in the back of his cart, she isn't convinced by this, she believes that a woman of her standards should not be treated like this, but she is then convinced by Tony to do so, as he teases her with marriage threats. ...read more.


I think this because in the way the author expresses the description. One night, many women who John had slept with and beaten up, were planning some revenge, I think this was down to the power they believed they had in this period of their lives. As most men were away. These women ganged up on John, almost beating him to death. John was left a complete wreck, his man-hood had been destroyed, and he was nothing. The women walked away with their heads high, happy that they had fulfilled their vendetta. This story was also written in a third person narrative, by a female this time. This means that we could only see the man's attitude towards women, in his actions and speech, which I believe I did. The women in this story are a lot more strict on the male, than on Tony Kytes, the women in tickets please, view themselves differently, as they have men's jobs, and more power. They take matters into their own hands, and punish a man for trying to do what Tony Kytes would have liked to have been able to. John Thomas deals with a much stronger group of females. Still my sympathy for John is very limited, I believe he gets exactly what he deserves, he treat women a lot worse than how Tony Kytes did, and he was way less of a gentleman, than Tony Kytes. My next story is "Seeing A Beauty Queen Home", this story was set in the 1950's, women these days were more equal to men, as they were allowed to vote. ...read more.


An example is when in 'Tickets Please' the author attempts to qualify Annie's actions with John Thomas by writing things such as 'She could hardly for shame repulse him'. The other authors are less clear in their bias, for instance in 'Tony Kytes: The Arch Deceiver' near the end the author tries to inspire pity for Tony Kytes but is subtle in the way he does it. In 'Seeing A Beauty Queen Home' there is no clear bias but the author may have intended to show the woman as having more power than the man by throwing him out of her house. So the answer to this question, I think that John Thomas, is the man I have the least sympathy for, simply because he treat woman with no respect what so ever, beat them, overall, used them. Unlike Tony Kytes, who actually cared for the women, and Rudy, who simply had the personality of being a pig headed womaniser, but still did not have it in him to beat and betray women, like John. I also think that the context of each story had a effect on my decision, by looking at each context, I think that Rudy, was the only man who did not go against, the context he was living in. But John Thomas, considering all the men were out fighting for their country, and he was still at home, made me think what a selfish coward he is. My decision is final and will in no way, be changed. I feel I made the right decision. By Michael Richardson ...read more.

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