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The Arch Deceiver is set in the 1980's as well as Spiv in love. During
the 1980's men had all power, control and respect. Men controlled the
world and women. In these times women relied on men for survival. But
later on in the century women became more independent and worked and
could live for themselves without having to lean on the shoulder of a
man, due to this they also earned more respect from men. It was also
harder for men to win women's hearts, as women didn't feel it was a
must to be committed to someone. Women also began to have almost an
equal amount of power. This led to women's expectations rising.
Tony Kytes seems to fall in love with three different women and cannot
help himself. He is looking for commitment and marriage but cannot
decide what he is going to do about it. He cannot decide what woman to
go for. He has no morals or logic. He is a very sly and cunning young
man and a very good liar and knows that he has all the power but is
not quite in control of everything. He constantly lies throughout the
story; for example, 'You didn't really mean what you said to them'.
'Not a word of'. This is when he asked Milly to marry his last and
lied about his meaning what he said. His confrontations with each
woman results in putting him in a worse situation than what he was in
before as he lies to them all the time. Although he has bad attributes
he is also a loving man and does actually want commitment and marriage
but just deals with the situation in the wrong way.
The women in Tony Kytes know that the men are in control and they get
what they want. This is usual for them as their fathers own them and
will give them away if he wishes.
It is also recognisable that the women in Arch Deceiver want
commitment so badly that hey are prepared to go to any lengths for
commitment from a man. The women in Tony Kytes really love men. They
treat men very well and would do anything for commitment. They are
very truthful to the men and upfront about their feelings. They all
want courtship and would compete between themselves to achieve
commitment from the men.
On the other hand, they are not as good as it seems. The women are
hard to please, as they are always demanding for things such as
commitment and favours so on.
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civil enough to ask me to ride home with you'. This shows that they
are bossy and they can get what they want. They are also very proud as
they think they are the prettiest women alive. Additionally, they seem
to have an attitude problem because they think that they are the most
important things in Tony's life. They are all also very manipulative
and lead Tony in to one thing and another. Additionally their fathers'
influence can change their attitudes towards men and change the
women's feeling towards courtship.
An example of how desperate women are for commitment and courtship is
at the end when Milly still goes back to Tony even after he deserted
her three times!
In Tony Kytes it seems that Tony completely controls all of the women.
He has all of them chasing him so he can do whatever he pleases and
choose who ever he wants. For example 'All three are in the gardenâ€¦Now
which would you marry'. This shows he is in control as he has options
to which one to marry and he has all three women in his wagon and they
do not know it. He even asks which one he should marry showing he does
not know exactly what one he wants. At the end of the story he finally
chooses a woman to be with. His first choice turns out to be Hannah.
Strangely and unexpectedly he gets rejected. This happened because
Hannah's father was there and did not want her to marry him. In those
days it was up to the father to decide whether a man marries his
daughter or not. It is his choice to who she loves. His influence
changed her mind. Next he chooses unity to be his wife. She rejects
him straight away as she is too proud to accept second best. Third and
finally he chooses Milly who was supposed to be his future wife
anyway. Although the other women rejected him deep down they each
hoped he would come after them. They were too proud to say yes. Milly
was desperate enough to deceive herself that Tony really favoured her.
She probably went with Tony because women needed a man to survive in
those days and this was an opportunity for her. Obviously all the
women wanted commitment and courtship and they all have a positive
attitude towards love.
Obviously all the women wanted commitment and courtship and they all
have a positive attitude towards love.
So what overall I can say about "Tony Kytes Arch Deceiver" is that
Tony is a very selfish man in other words he was basically a male
Now Spiv in Love was quite similar to The Arch deceiver the author
uses the word Spiv which is a British slang word it describes a man
who is a very flashily dressed or dishonest looking man.
The author uses a lot of colloquial speech, common to the time and the
background: "Summink", What", "Was", And "Bob". A weapon that he
mentions is a "knuckle duster" which was very common in gang fights.
The "Spiv in Love" is really about a man who wanted a relationship but
didn't really care what her personality was like. He really wanted to
be with someone he could show off who was, of course, Eunice. But the
person who he really got on with was Myra who was ideal for him, as he
wanted someone he could treat like trash and she didn't mind being
treated like that for the most of the story.
The Spiv was quite obsessed with his clothes for example when he gets
beaten up by a gang his friend says to him "Strewth, y'oughter see
your eye!" Spiv replies "Never mind the eye, where's my bleedin
titfer?" and he cried for hours, he didn't mind gangs using knuckle
dusters or bicycle chains on him but ruining his clothes is what makes
Spiv was a very confident, vain sort of man, for example, "But to get
back to Myra .It was a fluke on her part that she struck up with me at
The Spiv didn't like women who always wanted their way and when Eunice
wanted to watch a film he didn't want to see, he told her to hop on a
bus and leave him alone which she did as she wasn't one to take any
rubbish from men. This then leads to him going to watch the film with
his second fiddle lady, Myra, and she, of course, didn't mind.
Myra could almost be called his "slave" as she even did clothes
designs for him. She would also try to get in his good books by
designing collars that she knew he would like.
Spiv would always tried to reassure himself at the time of departing
from Myra for example "I'm only passin my time on, until Summink
better comes along okay!" This was such an obvious act of
He would also do the usual thing after a while of telling Myra that
it's over and that he has made up with Eunice. But he eventually goes
out with Myra a few nights a week. The main problem was that he
couldn't stand another man being with Myra. She would also play part
tempting him by saying things like "come if you want, I'll be there
After a week Myra says to Spiv "I'm not playing second fiddle"
Spiv replies "Second fiddle! Blimey you're lucky to be in the band at
all, you are. I'm only seeing you out of sympathy". This is when he
crossed the line and went too far. She knew what would hurt him most
not a punch nor kick but the rip of his clothes and that is exactly
what she did. He screamed "only if I could lay my hands on you".
Eunice afterwards found out about Myra and left him but Spiv even
after that could not face denting his pride, so he didn't even ask
Myra out again. In my opinion the word "spiv" suited the character
perfectly. He was a very foolish man and deserved to end up with no
one. Tony Kytes and Spiv would have probably been the best of friends
but the difference was that Tony was looking for commitment and
marriage whilst Spiv was just looking for someone he could show of
with. But the major similarity between the two is that they just
couldn't choose out of the women in their lives also their way of
treating women was very despicable and didn't really care of the