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I have been comparing and contrasting the female characters in 'Tony
Kytes the Arch Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy, with 'Tickets Please' by
D.H. Lawrence. They both deal with women being deceived.
These stories are similar because they have dominant male characters
(protagonists) and multiple female characters. They also have been
told in the third person narrative. The men in both stories have
unique charm and they are sexual predators
The main differences between these stories are the women in 'Tickets
Please' are united but the women in 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver'
they are against each other. Further more John Thomas in 'Tickets
Please' has no sense of commitment, but Tony Kytes in 'Tony Kytes the
Arch Deceiver' he is looking for the 'perfect wife'.
'Tickets Please' was written during the First World War. At this time
women were more independent. This was shown by when the men went out
to war and the women were left behind to do the jobs this gives women
more control and were less controlled by men. For example the women
were working on the trams and also because John Thomas was one of the
few healthy good looking men who didn't go to war, he had his choice
of women and he decided to treat the women very badly.
'Tony Kytes' on the other hand was written in the 19th century. This
was a time where women were very submissive and were controlled by men
especially their fathers. This was shown by when Tony Kytes asks
Hannah to marry him and her father says
'My daughter is not willing sir'
but deep down she really wants to marry Tony Kytes but because her
father does not approve she can't, she cannot disobey her fathers
wishes. Plus the women were unequal to men.
In 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver' the women all see him as the
ultimate prize. This is because women in the 19th century wanted to be
married. This was their one goal in goal in life.
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agrees to marry Tony even though he has just asked two other women to
marry him, right in front of her.
'If you like, Tony. You didn't really mean what you said to them'
This quote proves that the women in the 19th century were gullible and
In Tickets Please Annie is a strong dominant and bossy character. She
doesn't let John Thomas order her around or get control of her. This
is because she is inflexible and firm character and she does not need
a man to treat her with no respect in her life. Whilst John Thomas was
flirting with other girls who work on the trams, Annie was getting on
with her life; but eventually due to John Thomas unique charm Annie
gave in. She fell in love with him and she thought that she was
different to the other women but she was discarded like so many other
women before her.
'Annie, however was something of a tarter and her sharp tongue had
kept John Thomas at arms length for many months'
This quote proves that even though she was attracted to John Thomas
she had it in her not to give into temptation. This tells us that she
has her own prerogative and doesn't so whatever one else does. She is
very independent. Even though she gives in at the end it is because he
makes her feel loved, she still keeps him in line.
In 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver' the relationship between the women
are un-united. This is because they are against each other. These
women are arguing and fighting over a man who teats them badly.
'Don't you be too sure' says unity 'he going to have Hannah, and not
you, nor me either, I could hear that'
This tells me that the women are against each other, because they are
willing to show no respect for one another, but they are willing to
show it to a man who is scum. These women are subservient and can get
easily manipulated by Tony Kytes.
Women in 'Tickets Please' are more united when they have had enough of
John Thomas. They decide to get a final answer out of him about who he
wants to be with. Women during the war were early feminists because
they have more control over men and there roles. They do not get
bossed about by men as much.
'Nay, you've got to make your pick' said Muriel.
This tells me that the women are fed up of the way that John Thomas is
treating them. The women are fearless. The women know that John Thomas
is a sexual predator and they want that to change. So the women pounce
on John Thomas and force him to choose against his liberation.
Tony Kytes is a visual person. He is 'out of mind, out of sight'
approach to women instead of 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.
'All three are in that wagon and what to do with 'em I know no more
that dead! The best plan is, as I'm thinking, to peak out loud and
plain to one of 'em before the rest, and that will settle it; not but
what twill cause 'em to kick up a bit of a miff, for certain'.
This tells me that Tony Kytes cannot make up his mind. He wants all
three women and has promised himself to each of them. He is more
worried about what one to choose then what happens when they find out
what he has done.
At the end of 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver' the women are furious and
upset when they see each other. All they wanted to do is get married
to Tony Kytes but due to everyone's different reasons they can't.
Milly on the other hand agrees to marry him. This is because after
Tony Kytes lie's to them all saying I will marry you. He has made them
all believe that he wants them and not the other women.
'When Tony came up, frightened and breathless, he was relieved enough
to see that neither of his darlings was hurt, beyond a few scratches
from the brambles of the hedge. But he was rather alarmed when he
heard how they were going on at one another'.
At the end of 'Tickets Please' the women are forcing John Thomas to
choose so they are more united. This is because they are joint as a
team and are sick of him always using them like pieces of meat, so
they take matters into there own hands.
'Come on, John Thomas! Come on! choose! says Annie.
His tells them that the women were out for retribution on John Thomas,
so they are more united then the women in 'Tony Kytes the Arch
Deceiver' because they are not bickering with each other they are
trying to come to a sensible conclusion. When John Thomas chooses
Annie she is shell shocked but glad because secretly she wanted him
to, but all of the other women are having mixed emotions. They like
the fact that he has chosen but deep down they are upset because they
didn't get chosen because they all secretly wanted him.
'Nobody' they answered, yet each of them waited for him to look at
her, hoped he would look at her'.
This quote proves that the women wanted John Thomas but didn't have
the will power to stand alone and say 'I want to be with you forget
these other girls'. This proves that the women in 'Tickets Please'
were combined in putting a stop to John Thomas being a womanizer.
Some words used to describe the women in 'Tony Kytes the Arch
Deceiver' are vulnerable, exposed, susceptible, inferior and
subordinate. This is because the women are not amalgamated, they are
against each other. They do not realize that this man is not worth
them hassling over or there time.
Some words used to describe Annie in 'Tickets Please' are bossy,
independent, firm and has her own prerogative. This tells me that
Annie doesn't let anyone take advantage of her or use her. Also she
has her own life and even though John Thomas chooses her she doesn't
really need a man in her life.
In conclusion both stories were written by men so this has an
influence on how they men came off, because they could be favoring the
men or against them. I think that 'Tickets please' was the better of
the two because I liked Annie. This is because she is more
independent. She also doesn't take anything from anyone; she sees the
glass half full and is not pessimistic. She doesn't see things through
rose colored glasses. Annie has two sides, a bossy and dominates side
and a sun and loveable side. She has the strength to carry on no
matter what happens and I respect her for this.