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Compare The Character And Behaviour of Will Mossop In Act 1 and 4

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Compare The Character And Behaviour of Will Mossop In Act 1 and 4 This essay is an in depth analysis of how Will Mossop changes throughout the course of the play. We first meet Will in Act 1 on page 9. Mrs Hepworth has recently bought an exceptionally well-made pair of boots from the shop and wishes to meet the man who made them, Will Mossop. However, she doesn't tell the reason behind her visit and he believes that it is to scold Mossop about a badly made pair of boots. Upon coming 'up trap', Mrs Hepworth produces a visiting card. Hobson still believes that this is to be a dressing down for Mossop and tries to get ahead of the game by saying, 'I assure you it shall not happen again.' Realising that Hobson is trying to look good and enhance his reputation, Mrs Hepworth puts him in his place by asking him what will not happen again. Unable to answer, he mumbles something and is embarrassed. With that Mrs Hepworth says, "I've tried every shop in Manchester and these boots are the best-made pair of boots I've ever had. ...read more.


Since Will left, all the high-class trade has gone with him and the takings are very poor. The pair of them are arguing about this and blame all the problems on Maggie and Will. Coincidentally Maggie and Will walk through the door at this very moment accompanied by Freddy Beenstock. Alice and Vickey seem taken aback at her appearance in the shop. Maggie now knows that Vickey and Freddy are going to be married and she believes that without her help, they never will. Maggie offers her services to them saying, "You'll get no further with it by yourselves from what I hear of fathers carryings-on." Vickey clearly annoyed by this replies, "That's your fault. Yours and his", as she points at Will. She is clearly very annoyed by the sudden engagement of the pair and in a way she is being extremely selfish. When Maggie was still working in the shop, she would handle the accounts and orders, leaving Vickey and Alice to sell the shoes to people of the streets. Suddenly, the two sisters have an increased workload and resent the fact that the only reason they have to do some proper work is because Will and Maggie have left. ...read more.


If we come here, we come here on my terms." This is such a stark contrast to the man who used to take orders from this woman and scurry about down the trap content with making shoes and boots. Now with his new found personality and self-confidence, comes a need to take charge of his own destiny. He wants to call the shots and tell people what to do instead of the other way round. He has recognised the fact that he has a talent for bootmaking and wants to make a handsome living out of it. His own personal targets have also got higher and I think that he is now content in making more money and being the head of the household. I also feel that he wants people to acknowledge his transformation. A prime example of this is when he says to Alice and Vickey, "Times have changed a bit since you used to order me about this shop haven't they Alice?" He also tells them that people now know him as Mr. Mossop and not merely Mossop or Will. He has big things planned for his future and he wants people to watch him every step of the way. "Thy pride is not in same street, lass, with the pride I have in you. And that reminds me. I've a job to see to." ...read more.

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