A Comparison Between Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver by Thomas Hardy and The Seduction by Eileen McAuly

A Comparison Between Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver by Thomas Hardy and The Seduction by Eileen McAuly

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A Comparison Between Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver by Thomas Hardy
and The Seduction by Eileen McAuly

"Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver" is a hilarious story of an afternoon
when Tony was driving home from the market in his wagon. A pretty girl
called Unity to whom he was quite close before he met his present
fiancé stopped him and asked him to give her a lift home. They were
riding along, having a flirtatious conversation, when Tony saw Milly,
his fiancé. Fearing her displeasure on seeing Unity riding with him on
the wagon, he manages to persuade Unity to hide at the back of the
wagon. Extraordinarily, later in the journey Tony manages to persuade
Milly to do the same thing when he sees yet another young lady, this
time called Hannah. Inevitably, at the end of the journey the three
young ladies discover each other's presence. After a brief period of
mayhem, Milly and Tony are alone again, planning their wedding.

"The Seduction" tells a story of a boy and a girl, who after a party,
go to sit by the river in the early hours of the morning. They talk a
little and giggle while drinking vodka. He then quickly began his
seduction of her with a kiss. As a result of this encounter, she
becomes pregnant. She is very angry, afraid and ashamed as she
realises that her life has changed forever.

Both pieces of writing show how young women can be misled by somewhat
more experienced men. This is shown by their innocence and tendency to
follow the male initiatives, to the extent that the young ladies in
the Tony Kytes story are even willing to suspend common sense and
ludicrously conceal themselves beneath tarpaulin. The differences
between the...


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In the poem, there is no real humour. Even the clumsy way of speaking
which the boy has, such us "Eating me dinner", which could be comical,
come across only as pathos. The writer makes use of numerous
adjectives such as "softly rounded belly", "pink smiling faces" and
"grey and frothy tide." The phrase used to describe her ultimate
feelings about the pregnancy is very powerful: "This despicable
feminine void." These few words convey the situation in its entirety;
its negative nature, that it is a purely female problem and that it is
inescapable.

The women in both the story and the poem appear at first to be from
different worlds with nothing in common. However they are, in fact,
united by their femaleness; by the vulnerability that they share
simply by being women, trying to have a relationship with a man.



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