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Tickets, Please

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Transcript of Tickets, Please

Name: David Herbert Lawrence
Born in 1885 in Nottingham, England
1908-1911 teaches in a school
Elopes with Frieda Weekley (nee von Richthofen, German name)
Published books:
Sons and Lovers
, an autobiographical novel.
Wrote another book,
The Rainbow
(1915) and
Women in Love
(1920) but the books were banned in Great Britain due to inappropriate language and descriptions
in 1960, a law was passed in Great Britain, the obscenity law.
The passing of this law permitted D.H. Lawrence's writing style to be published

About the Author
Things to Consider
Ticket's Please is a story that takes place during World War 1. During World War 1, the strong and healthy men were called to arms. The men that were unhealthy and unable to contribute in terms of fighting in the war were appointed other tasks that often contributed to the war's efforts or to the communities of the men in the war.
Positions such as nurses were filled by female citizens as it was not supported to put women and children into war at that time.
Summary
About the Author Cont'd
In the 1920's David travels throughout Europe, Australia, Mexico and the United States
David died in the 1930's due to tuberculosis


David Herbert
Lawrence

Tickets, Please
Interesting Facts
The Author was under suspicion of being a german spy according to England, as his wife was the cousin of the popular pilot ace the 'Red Baron'
The Author was banned from Cornwall, England in 1917.


The story ticket's please is a story based in the time period of wold war 1. In the story, the women are conductors on a train accompanied by the drivers of the train that were "cripples and hunchbacks" pg. 73, paragraph 2.

Appointed to work on the train was also a young chief inspector John Thomas Raynor. Annie Stone, a female conductor on the train who currently is in a relationship develops feelings for John Thomas one night at a fair. John Thomas has a reputation for flirting with women working on the train, who are typically new to the job and attractive. The women John engages have to be willing to "walk" for John to interact and flirt with the chosen women.

"He Flirts with the girl conductors in the morning, and walks out with them in the dark night" Pg. 74, Paragraph 4
How do you think this affected the
the story?


One night on a Monday, on Annie's day off, she went to the local statutes fair. John also appeared at this fair and quickly took action on engaging Annie. Annie even with a boy of her own, did not mind the attention that John was displaying.

"In these moments John Thomas drew Annie towards him, he seemed to make such a nice fit. And after all, it was pleasant to be so held: so very comforting and cosy and nice." Pg. 75, Paragraph 7.

"And John Thomas really liked Annie, more then usual. The soft, melting way in which she could flow into a fellow as if she melted into his very bones."

In the story you can quickly notice that both characters are developing intimate feelings for one another. Annie wanted something more from the feeling. Annie wanted to take an intelligent interest in him, and for John to do the same. Instead, John hated intelligent interest and avoided the situation completely, quickly finding his new focus. Annie's emotions went from happy to sad relatively quickly in the story resulting in Annie seeking nothing but revenge on John Thomas.


With Annie frustrated and seeking revenge on John, Other girls or "victims" also rallied against John and his ways with women. At the end of the story the women trapped John in one of the cars on the train when they were drinking tea. John followed Annie into the car and sat with the women. They then asked John who he would be leaving with tonight and the women forced him to choose one while being locked in the car. Laura Sharp, Muriel Baggaley, Annie Stone, Nora Purdy and Polly Birkin then got there vengeance on John by beating him both mentally and physically in the car. At the end of the story John did choose Annie. Annie refused to be John's company that night so he left and when he did Annie started to cry.
Summary Cont'd
Summary Cont'd
"He Flirts with the girl conductors in the morning, and walks out with them in the dark night" Pg. 74, Paragraph 4
Journaler
In Today's world and sociological based culture values do you believe these actions and situations still occur?

Do you believe that the time period this story was derived from and the circumstances of world war 1 were contributing factors to John Thomas' way with women?
"She is
peremptory
, suspicious, and ready to hit first. She can hold here own against ten thousand" Pg. 73, Paragraph 6

Peremptory: Leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal.

"The step of that Tram-car is her
Thermopylae
" Pg. 73, Paragraph 6

Thermopylae: A narrow pass between the mountains and the sea linking Locris and Thessaly. A defensible position on a traditional invasion route from N. Greece. Iconic battle for Greece and King Leonidas delaying the invasion of Persians into Greece.

"tilting away in a rush past cinemas and shops down to the hollow where the
collieries
are"

Collierie: A coal mine.
Word Smith
In the story Tickets, Please the female characters are portrayed as being taken advantage of and devalued by John Thomas.

Globally, feminist activist groups are fighting for women's rights and equality in today's world. This story relates and also connects with numerous feminist perspectives.

Liberal Feminism
: advocates that women's equality can be obtained through the extension of the principles of equality of opportunity and freedom.

This approach greatly relates to our story because at the time period that the story takes place, women were not allowed to go to war due to the unequal opportunities and a male dominating society. If a women was the inspector of the train, perhaps this man would not have caused any issues for Annie Stone and her Co workers.
Connector
Liberal Feminist approaches assume that extending women's opportunities for education and employment, for example, will result in greater gender equality.

Perhaps a major issue to this story is a gender equality and gender opportunity based issue as these women were limited to career options and opportunities for promotion in there careers.
Connection Thought Extended
"There is in the midlands a single line-tramway system which boldly leaves the county town and plunges off into the black, industrial countryside, up hill and down dale, through the long ugly villages of workman's houses, over canals and railways, past churches perched high and nobly over the smoke and shadows, through the stark, grimy cold little market-places, tilting away in a rush past cinemas and shops down to the hollow where the collieries are, then up again, past a little rural church under the ash trees, on in a rush to the terminus, the last little ugly place of industry, the cold little town that shivers on the edge of the wild, gloomy country beyond." Pg. 72, Paragraph 1

Line Lighter
Do you believe this entrance paragraph is a good beginning to the story?
Sources

Eric Henderson & Geoff Hancock (2010) Short Fiction and Critical Contexts: Oxford University Press.

Scahefer, Richard T. (2011). A Brief Introduction to Sociology Fourth Canadian Edition: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd.

Dictionary.com (2014) Retrieved on March 3, 2014
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/collieries?s=t

Wikipedia (2014) Retrieved on March 3, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obscene_Publications_Acts
The End


Thank You for Your Time
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