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Nineteenth Century Short Stories A short story should stimulate the imagination and hold its reader in suspense. Critically consider this statement with detailed reference to Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver by Thomas Hardy and

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Nineteenth Century Short Stories "A short story should stimulate the imagination and hold its reader in suspense." Critically consider this statement with detailed reference to "Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy and "The Unexpected" by Kate Chopin This statement is ambiguous as a short story could not be filled with suspense but still be able to stimulate the imagination. Thomas Hardy's "Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver" story is filled with more suspense than Kate Chopin's "The Unexpected". Kate Chopin was born on February 8th 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was an Irish immigrant and died when Kate was young. So, she grew up in an all female household. When her husband died she started writing seriously and is considered to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 19th century. Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840 in Stinsford, Dorchester, England. His father was a builder and he was interested in the countryside and the people of Wessex, which is reflected in his works as an author. The language in Chopin's story is filled with sensuous descriptions of the wife waiting for her future husband to return. The sense of anticipation is heightened through the use of language during the opening scenes of the story. This contrasts with Hardy's novel which describes a man who has many women upon his beck and call. ...read more.


When the first woman goes into the cart it does not seem believable, but this is made even more startling when the three women are in the same cart together without realising it. Most astonishing of all is the fact that after the first two women reject him the third seems as if she is about to follow suit but surprisingly she agrees to marry him despite seeing his unfaithful behaviour. Tony Kytes is a character full of suspense all the way through the story. This character would have been based on a person from Wessex who behaved in this manner and was observed by Thomas Hardy. The themes of the first story are how the man should not take all as well without confirmation and should be more patient if he is to obtain what he wants instead of saying "you will come with me and be with me." This contrasts with the second story's themes in which it portrays the moral that a person should be faithful and loyal to the person they are with or else they are at risk of losing everything. However this theme is tainted by Tony Kytes ending up marrying the women he intended to in the first place and he wins her over by saying "it do seem as if fate had ordained that it should be you and I". ...read more.


The tone in "The Unexpected" is descriptive and romantic. This is shown by Dorothea's "cheeks [are] aflame" and she "bent her supple body". This gives the impression that the story is very sensuous and extremely intense with a "frenzy of passion" in how it describes the ongoing actions. The structure of the story is also important to how the reader portrays the story. This is shown in "The Unexpected" it has short paragraphs filled with intense description of the situation. In the second story the tone is more light hearted and less descriptive. Tony Kytes did not have "enough to hurt his looks into a woman's eyes". This story is longer than the other one as it is less intense but more complex in showing more events unfold by involving more characters, which stimulates the reader's imagination leaving them in suspense. The structure of "Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver" is that there are longer paragraphs which are less passionate but portray a better storyline that is more enjoyable for the reader. In conclusion, one way the statement can be explored is that a short story does not have to be filled with suspense. In "The Unexpected" there is not a large amount of suspense but the story is still enjoyable and stimulates the reader's imagination. The statement can be correct as in "Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver" much suspense is incorporated within the story which is effective as it stimulates the reader's imagination. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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