The male characters in The Arch Deceiver

The male characters in The Arch Deceiver

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Compare the male characters in Tony Kytes the arch deceiver and Spiv
in love consider their personalities and their relationships with the
women in the stories. Refer to social, cultural and historical
contexts of the stories.

The sory of Tony Kytes arch deceiver was written by the author Thomas
Hardy who was born in 1840 meaning that this piece of writing is old
and aged and some of the language used can be linked with the timing
and nature of the author himself.

The story is set in rural Dorset and this fact can be backed up with
the language that is used with the Dorset dialect being highly
prominent. The story is about a character called Tony Kytes who is
highly favorable with the women and the main part of the story is
based around this. In the Tony Kytes story are six characters, the
four main ones being Tony and the three young ladies. The one we get
to know best of all is Tony. Through his conversation with the girls,
he reveals himself as being an indecisive, weak but well meaning
character. He finds it difficult to refuse any of the women including
Milly, Unity, and Hannah Jolliver, all of which are not very diverse
and all own the same feature of liking Tony Kytes. The setting of the
story in my opinion is not highly important as the same scenes could
have been set in a town or a city compared with the village, however
the period itself is vital because it is difficult to imagine such
naivety in women of today like the 3 female characters shown within
the arch deceiver. On the other hand Spiv in love is set in the East
end of London and the dialect differs from that of rural Dorset and
the terms used play an important role in the story. Relating to the
historical purpose of the story all women of this period were expected
to marry and there was little opportunity for them to work this then
meant the pressure was on the husband to find the income so the
females would find a husband using any cunning manipulation they could
think of. In the story it is difficult to determine who is more
manipulative weather it be Tony himself or the 3 girls because Tony
seems to be in less command of the situation compared to the girls who
are there waiting to be chosen.

The tone throughout Tony Kytes is highly humorous and Tony's antics
involving the women descend further into farce for example when the
story starts coming to a climax when all the girls find out about each

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others existence all Tony has to say is "Don't ye quarrel my
dears-don't ye!" this then shows how he feels about the women and
hasn't got the strength to tell two of them they are not wanted.

Spiv in love was written by Bill Norton and written in the late 50's
but is set further along in time compared to Tony Kytes in the 1800's.
The story is set around 3 characters Myra, Eunice and of coarse Spiv
the male figure in the story. Spiv is a man who likes to have many
women just like Tony Kytes and he is very conscious of his clothes and
the way he looks, however the most important part to his character is
that his girlfriend whoever it may be must be a show off to all his
friends and family. The two stories contrast in the sense that one is
set in a rural area and the other in completely the opposite in the
busy city of London.

In the Tony Kytes story it is clear that the narrator is the cart
driver himself and is the one who collects the women along his journey
on the cart. When Tony first meets Milly it is clear that his behavior
shows that he doesn't want to lose his strong bond with Milly, however
because he had already previously promised Unity a ride he wants to be
rid of her with minimal effect yet at the same time protect their
friendship they have had since they were young, Having said this
because of his weak character and love for women he allows her onto
the cart which in addition shows he is easily led by women and
suggests he doesn't mind liking more than one women as both Milly and
Unity are together on the cart. This highlights his weak and
deteriorating will power and easily gives in to the voice of a women
and instead of refusing as he should do allows them to take control of
him and in a sense let him become even more unstable than he was
before they had arrived on the cart. Another important factor that
shows his desire for the women when he is supposedly late when meeting
Milly, this statement is misleading as he is in fact not late because
he has his other companion with him, Unity. When he starts getting
question again his weak personality takes over and allows Milly to
manipulate his thoughts by her women like ways, which Tony adores.

She says " and I've come to meet you as you asked me to do" at this point
he has become so involved with her he cannot refuse another women's
company and allows her onboard. Compared to the story Spiv in love,
Spiv wanted all of his women both Myra and Eunice to be the ideal girl
and can be likened to Tony Kytes as they both like their women, spiv
wanted the women to portray his love for his clothes by using them as
an object rather than a person, he longs to find a girl that he can
show off yet when he does come across a women he still treats them
with the same unfairness as does Tony kytes except with Tony Kytes he
doesn't directly mistreat them only in the sense that he is going
along with 3 ladies at one time. Spiv however cannot see how this
mistreating is wrong, instead of showing love towards Myra he only
wants her to be a true reflection of him and nothing else this
suggests he isn't really interested in her only as an idol of
possessions. "and a bloke cant show em' off to his mates, which I like
to do" from this you can see his lack of respect as he refers to the
ladies as em meaning them and it shows he 'uses' women as a source of
attention another point showing this can be seen when he says "I have
no intention of sticking with her", this complete lack of respect
towards both Myra and Eunice all adds up to the cunning and self loved
character that Spiv is. Tony Kytes however is the same sort of person
but underneath, his feelings for women and in his case all 3 of them
have the same meaning as Spivs in the sense that he has no respect or
no love for any one of them but would rather treat all of them the
same and have 3 compared to one, both male characters do this and
cannot decide which women they want.
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