Compare the ways in which women are portrayed in 'Tony Kytes, the Arch- Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy (1894) and in 'Tickets, Please' by D. H. Lawrence (1922) GCSE A Grade

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The short story was a popular genre in Victorian times. Often short stories would be printed in short, weekly chapters in magazines or newspapers, this made then quite popular. Reading these 'chapters' or stories was easy to get into and it was a good form of entertainment at the time. There were more and more people becoming literate at this time so there was a greater demand for short stories.

I will be analysing two short stories written thirty years apart, 'Tony Kytes, the Arch- Deceiver' by Thomas Hardy written in 1897 and 'Tickets, Please' written by D. H. Lawrence in 1922. Although these stories were written relatively close together, the women are portrayed differently. In 'Tony Kytes...' the women are quiet and very lady- like. They live in a very patriarchal society. In 'Tickets, Please' society is still patriarchal but the women are more forward than in 'Tony Kytes...'. In 'Tickets, Please' the women have more power than in 'Tony Kytes...' but the men still judge the women on looks. The women have more power in 'Tickets, Please' is set in the war, they are taking men's roles in the work place and they have more rights; at this time the suffragettes were campaigning for women's rights. There are some similarities though, in 'Tony Kytes...'after being approached by a man, the women want a family and in 'Tickets, Please' although the women want to work and be independent, they also want to have a family.

'Tony Kytes, the Arch- Deceiver' is written in a Dorset dialect. Tony is engaged to Milly, "...a nice, light, small, tender little thing..." when, as he is driving his wagon home, he...