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Relationships Between Men And Women In Lamb To The Slaughter By Roald Dahl, Catbird Seat By James Thurber And Tony Kytes The Arch Deceiver By Thomas H

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Relationships Between Men and Women in Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl, Catbird Seat by James Thurber and Tony Kytes the Arch Deceiver by Thomas Hardy

The short stories Lamb to the slaughter- Roald Dahl (1954), Catbird
Seat- James Thurber (1945) and Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver- Thomas
Hardy (1894) show how the relationship between men and women can be
complicated.

In Lamb to the Slaughter the writer has intended to convey a tensional
feeling between Mrs Maloney and Mr Maloney because Mr Maloney has
something different to do from his occasional routine, he is scared,
tired and probably feels sympathy for Mrs Maloney according to his
harsh decision. The story focuses on murder, rather than a lustful
relationship. It specifically empathises Mrs Maloney because the twist
in the story centres around the character Mary Maloney. The story is
not finished deliberately and it is left for the audience to discover
everything even the characters and their future and what would happen
next.

Although in Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver there isn't too much of
tension created in fact there is a particular relationship between the
men and women, it is very emotional and sexual but it summarises the
case of recognition, when the women find out the deceit that Kytes
caused and his betrayal. Hardy did not like industrialisation and
thought men were experts but Kytes was out of control. The author
deliberately conveys the intriguing twist which occurs towards the end
for effect and depicts the relationships between men and women in a
sexual but emotional way.

The intriguing twist in Catbird Seat is of Mrs Barrows and Mr Martin's
competition and for approval and success to regain autonomy. It
focuses on Mr Martin visiting Mrs Barrows house for the chance of
'rubbing out' which obviously is achieved but Mrs Barrows has a very
competitive spirit. The author's attitude clearly supported the idea
that he wanted a harsh relationship between these characters, no love
or sexuality/emotional relationship.

The author's depicted relationships between men and women in a variety
of ways, in Lamb to the Slaughter, the author's attitude showed how he
could give defined roles, show a range of tension and convey a
non-sexual relationship between a man and a woman. The writer depicts
a weak relationship between the characters and gives an intriguing
twist at the end. Though compared with Tony Kytes, the author has
intended to convey many affairs between men and women which are sexual
and emotional. Highlighted issues in Catbird Seat such as the 'rubbing
out' and the twist at the end which then causes dramatic irony. Mr
Martin is sitting pretty and that Mrs Barrows is now erased and sacked
this presented the reader with situations where the relationship was
not passionate but that it was fraught/insecure...

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