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Analysis Of The Social Attitude Towards Women in "Tony Kytes, Arch Deceiver".

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Analysis Of The Social Attitude Towards Women in "Tony Kytes, Arch Deceiver". This is a story about a man named Tony Kytes who is engaged to a woman named Milly, however Tony is extremely fickle, and quickly decided he wishes for another wife as he sees a more attractive woman he knows walking by. While this story is mainly intended to be humorous, there are certainly some features of the story that throw rather a striking light on the position of women in society at the time at which it is set. The most revealing aspect to a modern reader is the implications the story carries with regard to the relationship of the sexes and the social status of men and women. There is a prominent standing by which the males are the controllers, the ones with the initiative, and women simply meekly accept what is handed out, with little or no choice. ...read more.

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- but who can blame her, when one considers what the alternative to marriage would have been? Tony proposes to three different women, and this might be regarded as a potentially serious theme, since two of them are bound to be disappointed. In the event, though, the situation is handled lightly and nobody is much the worse for what has happened. Behind this situation are the social and economic facts of life: Tony is a working man and is offering a home and subsistence to the woman he marries, in return for the performance of her duties as homemaker and the mother of his children. There is no real alternative for a woman of this class in this period: the woman who does not marry will have a very hard time of it, and will risk being despised or pitied by the community. ...read more.

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The women constantly refer to Tony as "Dear", and "Dearest Tony" and other such flattering terms as to show Tony's worth among the women. He also refers to them as "Darling" and speaks softly to them, as if something to be looked after with great care. It seems as though the women appear to Tony like they are antique prizes to be won, and must be treated with great care if he would be to win one. It also seems as though Tony appears to the women as the figure of power. This links nicely to the notion that men in society almost decide the future of the women, by marrying them or not marrying them. Marrying a woman would mean everything for the woman, it would mean they are made or complete, as it seem that the main thing a woman strives for while still young and attractive is to marry the most wealthy handsome man, which decides how they will live for a long time. ...read more.

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