Tony Kytes, The Arc-Deceiver by Thomas Hardy and Tickets, Please by D.H. Lawrence

Tony Kytes, The Arc-Deceiver by Thomas Hardy and Tickets, Please by D.H. Lawrence

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"Tony Kytes, The Arc-Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy and "Tickets, Please" by D.H. Lawrence


In this essay I will be discussing my views on the two short stories,
"Tony Kytes, The Arc-Deceiver" by Thomas Hardy and "Tickets, Please"
by D.H.Lawrence. "Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver" was written in 1894,
pre-first world war. "Tickets, Please" was written in 1922-24, post
first world war. I am going to discuss how what happened between these
years has affected how the stories have been told. During this
time-space a lot happened; women became more independent and got the
vote which was something they had been campaigning for many years.
They were also more independent owing to the fact that during the
first world war they had had to take mens jobs. So I am going also
going to show how the books have shown this change in womens
attitudes.

In "Tony Kytes,The Arch-Deceiver" Tony is engaged to Milly. He is all
set to marry her when a girl called Hannah comes along and shows an
interest in him. Also on his travels he meets a girl called Unity who
also shows an interest in him. After a while Tony asks Hannah to marry
him but she turns him down, he also asks Unity to marry him but she
also turns down his proposal. At the end of the story he asks Milly if
she will come back and marry him which she excepts and they get
married.

In "Tickets, Please" John Thomas a station inspector takes advantage
of the new female station conductors. He takes them for walks, only if
they consent and providing that they are sufficiently attractive. He
meets one, a Miss Annie, who he has liked for quite some time but she
has kept him at arms length. She then agrees to walk with him, he
takes her out to the fair. She then starts to show some intelligent
interest so he lets her go, just like all the others before her. The
women then decide that John needs to be punished for his actions. They
corner him in a room where they ask him to choose one of them to
become his wife. He refuses so they beat him up again and ask him
again to choose one of them to be his wife, again he refuses so they
beat him up again. They then ask him one last time to choose one of
them to become his wife, he chooses Miss Annie, who bitterly refuses
him, then all the girls refuse him and they let him get up an d leave.
They then tidy them selves up and pretend that it had never happened.

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Tony Kytes and John Thomas are very different at the same time as
being very similar. They both wanted the prettiest women that they
could get but they were very different because Tony Kytes wanted to be
married to some one where as John Thomas hatted anything serious. "The
more he looked at her the more he liked her, wile he couldn't for the
life of him think why he had ever said a word about marriage to Milly
or Unity when Hannah was in question" this quote shows perfectly that
Tony Kytes wanted marriage but it also shows that he wanted the most
attractive girl that he could have.

"He flirts and walks out with the newcomer: always providing that she
is sufficiently attractive." This quote from "Tickets, Please" shows
that John Thomas was a womaniser, he used attractive women who were
naive to his ways. "John Thomas intended to remain a nocturnal
presence; he had no idea of becoming an all-rounded individual to
her." This quote also shows that John Thomas, unlike Tony Kytes, just
wanted a fling, nothing serious. Their relationships with the women in
the stories are very different. Tony Kytes wanted marriage, he also
wanted the prettiest girl. He was very naive of the womens feelings
and he couldn't understand them. He wanted to please all of the girls
so did what they told him to do with out to much thought, he then
ruined the relationships with the woman by asking for their hand in
marriage. On the other hand, John Thomas had a very clear relationship
with women, even tough they didn't realise this at first, he flirted
with them, he set out to seduce them and then dump them when it was
convent for him or when things got to serious. He didn't care about
the womens feelings.

In their stories their proposals are very different. Tony Kytes
actually wants to get married to someone and if he could manage it the
most attractive one but this wasn't that important. I believe that he
was a bit mixed up about all his own feelings towards the girls hence
the reason for him offering all three of them marriage. On the other
hand John Thomas didn't want to get married, "he had no idea of
becoming an all-rounded individual to her." I believe that the only
reason he offered Miss Annie marriage was owing to the fact that he
was forced to. I believe that this shows that Tony Kytes had good
intentions, he was just a bit confused. Where as John Thomas just
wanted a lover and nothing serious which is why he got beaten up.

They both also had very different behaviour towards the women. Tony
Kytes got him self, unintentionally, into difficult situations. Like
when he first offers Unity a ride on his cart but then covers her up
in the cart while Milly passes but in stead Milly gets into the cart,
he then asks her to hide in the cart while Hannah gets on the cart,
"...feeling a dim sort of sweat rising up...his face as long as a face
that was a round one by nature well could be." So as you see Tony
Kytes was just trying to please all the girls but he gave in to easily
to what they wanted. John Thomas behaviour was quite different, he was
loving and caring while they were around but as soon as things got
serious he let them go, "He hated intelligent interest...and so he
left her." This shows that he didn't care about the womens feelings
and that he was in the relationship for the sex and that was it. I
believe that both men were so shallow that you could walk through
them, but I also believe that Tony Kytes was a vein, curious but also
naive and I don't think that he ever meant to hurt anyone. John Thomas
was experienced in deceiving women, unlike Tony Kytes, he was along
for the ride but would get off if things got to serious.

The women in the two stories were very different. In "Tony Kytes, The
Arch-Deceiver" the women led Tony on a bit. It was their flirting
towards them that made him confused because this made him feel wanted
by all three girls and he wanted all three girls. Also I believe that
the only reason Milly married him at the end of the story was owing to
the fact that in that time it was seen as important for women to
marry, settle down and have a family before they are too old. In
"Tickets, Please" the women are a lot more assertive, "The girls are
fearless young hussies." But I don't believe that it was all Johns
fault. The girls always agreed to go out with him, this may have been
because they didn't know what he was like especially if they were the
newcomer at the station. In the age that they were in women did not
like being treated like throw away toys they wanted to be treated with
as much respect as the men of the era and this is why I think that
they beat John up.

I believe that the course of history has affected the two stories
quite a lot. As in the 1890's women had no rights and were appressed
by idealistic, male orientated Britain. This is portrayed especially
in Milly, because she knows what Tony has said to the other women but
yet she still agreed to marry him. This shows how it was probably
socially best for Milly to marry him at that time. After the first
world war women weren't as appressed because during the war women had
been made to take male jobs and after the war and lots of hard
campaigning they got the vote. This is shown in "Tickets, Please" by
the way that the women have jobs such as train conductors which was
traditionally a male job. It is also shown by the way that the women
resolve the situation that they have been put in my John Thomas. They
beat him up, a very un-lady like thing to do but it shows that they
have a lot more confidence and that they feel that they can resolve it
un-like the pre-dated Milly from "Tony Kytes, The Arch-Deceiver".
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