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After having read 'Hobson's Choice', by Harold Brighouse, I am to concentrate on the remarkable character of Maggie Hobson.

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Hobson's Choice After having read 'Hobson's Choice', by Harold Brighouse, I am to concentrate on the remarkable character of Maggie Hobson. When we first get introduced to Maggie Hobson, we notice into the play that, she is very different from her two younger sisters, Alice and Vicky. The sisters are under the control of their father, but Maggie is independent around events and people in her life. She is the most controllable character in the whole play. The play is set in Salford, around the 1880's. The women were expected to keep quiet, while they did the housework. The readers and the viewers would be shocked to see a woman with such immense power, who is able to control the characters in the whole play. The play is based around a guy called Henry Horatio Hobson. He is a middle-class businessman who is expected to rule over his household. The men's role in the 1880's had a higher role in the society, than the women. ...read more.


Courting like that, my lass. All glitter and no use to nobody. As the play gets going, Maggie ends up in a relationship with Willie Mossop. Maggie sees that he has potential in bootmaking skills. She thinks that they will have a very successful business. Willie Mossop is known as a timid, not very educated. He spends most of his time in the cellar, making boots and shoes with Tubby Wadlow. Willie is praised from a rich woman called Mrs. Hepworth. She reckons that Willie has excellent bootmaking skills, while calling a rabbit. Later on the play, Willie is be educated by Maggie, so he can handle the business in the future. When Willie is told that he is to marry Maggie, Willie tells her that he is 'tokened' to Ada Figgins. Willie What makes it so desperate awkward is that I'm tokened. Maggie You're what? Willie I'm tokened to Ada Figgins. She even tells people when to go out. This is because Ada leaves with opening the shop door by herself. ...read more.


Maggie tells Albert to move the broken bits of furniture through the streets of Salford, in the morning, when he doesn't to. And How Maggie says it's 'your wedding gift to me'. Maggie is the only prescribed to Hobson, when the doctor visited him. He says that Maggie is the best 'cure' for the illness, which he has. He reckons that a woman is needed in the house; to make sure Hobson health is stable. Right at the end of the play, Maggie is over-powered by the man that she herself had created. This leads to an argument of naming the new business, were Hobson and Willie Mossop have a partnership. They decide on calling it 'Mossop and Hobson' Maggie I think Hobson and Mossop is best. Hobson His name in my sign-board! Willie The best I'll do is this: Mossop and Hobson Maggie No. Willie Mossop and Hobson or it's Oldfield Road fro us, Maggie Maggie Very well. Mossop and Hobson. Right at the end of the play, Maggie is over-powered by the man that she herself had created. Jayvik Patel 10MC Jayvik Patel 10MC ...read more.

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