Battle of the Sexes in D.H Lawrence's Short Story, Tickets Please

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Battle of the Sexes in D.H Lawrence's Short Story, Tickets Please Juvenal probably had D.H Lawrence's short story "Tickets Please" in mind when he said, "Revenge is sweeter than life itself," because revenge is exactly what Lawrence focuses on in this story (Quoteland). Lawrence writes about how a few women, after having gone through a similar experience, get together and avenge a common enemy, John Thomas Rayner and have fun doing that, because beating Rayner is their sport. By doing so, Lawrence makes it a game betweenn John Rayner, the man, and the opposite sex, comprised of the women. In fact after a certain point the story ceases to be a game between John Rayner and the women, but rather becomes, according to Paul A.…show more content…
The women in the story abide by Rayner's game willingly even after knowing his personality. The fact that "most girls are quite comely" only adds to Rayner's pleasure and makes it easy for him to 'play' with them (Lawrence, 36). The women play their part of the game by quitting their job after their short relationship with Rayner ends. This makes it easier for Rayner to start all over when a new girl starts working there. Up till now it is merely a game, where Rayner flirts with the women and the women cave in. After a point, Lawrence decides to tilt the game towards the fairer sex, the women. He does this by introducing Annie Stone, a woman whose name reflects her personality. She is courageous and ready to stand up for herself. As he had done with all the women that worked at the station, Rayner charms Annie into loving him and Annie played his game and quickly falls in love with him. This continues until Annie sees Rayner with some other women and decides that it is time that Rayner got a taste of his own medicine. Annie decides that she had had enough of Rayner's games and got all of Rayner's 'victims' together and makes up a plan to get revenge on from Rayner. By doing so, Annie feels that she is in complete control of the game and she thought had achieved revenge and hence victory. The truth is that the game was far

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