“Tony Kytes” and “Tickets Please”
“Tony Kytes” and “Tickets Please”

“Tony Kytes” and “Tickets Please”

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In this essay I will be comparing two stories one set before the 1900 and one after. The stories are “Tony Kytes”, set around 1870, and “Tickets Please”, set around 1918. “Tickets Please” was set after the war, in a world where women were more independent and stood up for any rights they had, working in the men’s environments sometimes made them to become more like men as well. Before the war, women never did any work except for in the houses and lived a traditional lifestyle with traditional attitudes.They were supposed to respect their men and make him a good wife and they seem to accept this- “I would make you a finer wife” said one as she tried to get Tony to marry her.

This was not true all the time, because some had worked in lower class sectors. “Tony Kytes is similar to “Tickets Please”, they are both about men who charm and cheat on women and basically play around with them. Although “Tony Kytes” is not as serious as “Tickets Please”. It is about Tony a man who is about to get married to a girl named Milly, but his ex-girlfriend comes back and she in a way seduces him and gets him to try and marry her.He wants to get married to his ex-girlfriend, who had come back, but she has to say no and so he ends up with Milly. “Tickets Please” on the other hand is much more serious and is about a man called John Thomas.

He likes girls who run

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trams because not many men are around since they are gone to war. He only spends one night with them and eventually is found out by a girl called Annie, which his charm doesn’t really work on. They get their own back on him, but John Thomas being clever breaks her heart because he had chosen her out of all the girls. So both stories include men cheating or lying to women.

I will compare how they differ because of the different time period and their overall behaviour towards each other. ” ‘Tony Kytes’ is a very simple, funny and at times serious story. The women are supposed to be loving and caring. They are the sort of women who wouldn’t be seen going around alone.

This is odd because Unity, one of Tony’s previous loves was asking him for a ride because she was alone. Women were not allowed to be on their own unless accompanied by a chaperone or parent. It would be very odd to see a women walking around by her self in those times and because it’s a small village it could spread rumours.Unlike in ‘Tickets Please’ where women are rather more independent and are seen walk alone at night when leaving the tram station. As Unity and Tony are riding on the way, she flirts with him and brings up the question, “why did ye desert me for that other one? Unity is very smart girl and uses lines like ‘we knew each other since we were children’ trying to win over Tony.

Unity wants Tony

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back and is trying by flirting with him. This would not really be seen in those times because of the traditions and also because he was engaged to marry Milly.Nowadays there is flirting all the time and compared to ‘Tickets Please’ it is very different as well. In ‘Tickets Please’ they were flirting, but the girls were in control unlike in ‘Tony Kytes, where the girls loose control a bit as well as the men.

For example when Unity is riding with Tony he asks her to go under the sacks or in the back, and she does it. Tony uses his charm more than flirting and gets them to do whatever he wants. On the other hand in ‘Tickets Please’ John Thomas has the charm, but again the women stay in control. As the story carries on Milly comes up ahead and Unity hides somewhere on the cart.

Again Annie wouldn’t be seen doing things for John Thomas because the women are more in control and know when to stop. This shows that modern day women have more power than they had used to. Well in those days when ‘Tony Kytes’ was set, it would have been hard to find a descent man, and so it isn’t really surprising that the women wanted him so badly. It also shows that the girls are very easily persuaded and gullible; this showed Tony could make believe anything to those girls. As I have said Annie doesn’t give in so easy, we know this because there is a point in the story where she resists from flirting near the start.

Oh mind my corn, Miss Stone. It’s my belief you’ve got a heart of stone, for you’ve trod on it again. ” “You should keep it in your pocket,” replied Miss Stone,” This quote shows how she resists and stops it going any further than flirting. She is said to be a “sharp tongued” girl this quote shows us how she replies back and this is where she is sharp tongued.

It shows how the women were behaving in those days, as you can see from the traditional lifestyle, the women are ready to fight back and stronger. This is not how the girls would react in ‘Tony Kytes’.When Milly comes, he has to give her a lift as well; this is because it would be a little odd not giving a lift to the woman who is going to be his wife. Milly is shown to be an innocent girl who doesn’t really do much to hurt or insult through out the story. This is another major big difference to the girls from ‘Tickets Please’ where they are sometimes described as being “wild creatures”.

From doing these manly jobs the women, start to fit into the manly character and this is one of the factors, which makes them behave in this way. As you can see Milly is nothing like this compared to Annie, who is shown to have a violent temper.Quite the opposite Milly is as I said innocent and weak. What’s more is Milly is another person who is easily persuaded

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