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Hobson's Choice Hobson's Choice is a very interesting play especially the way in which it ends. It is set in the Victorian times when things were very different especially in the way women were treated. Act One is an Introduction to the play where the reader can see the different characteristics of the main characters. Maggie is a good business woman, determined and bossy, yet Hobson thinks she is his maid. Willie is a second-class worker with a lack of confidence and is described as a 'rabbit' in the play. Act Two shows the beginning of the rise of Maggie and Willie. In the start of Act Two the reader is reminded how determined and bossy Maggie really is, "Then, will you go fetch him, Mr Beenstock? Tell him to bring the paper with him" Maggie is shown here ordering people about, as she is making Mr Beenstock do some duties for her. ...read more.


We first hear that Hobson has had a fall into Mr Beenstock's building but at this point Maggie is too interested in sorting out her wedding. First she arranges for the ring. Most women of this period would want a gold ring, or something that has value, for their ring Maggie chooses ordinary brass. This is because she would rather spend their money on the business to make it more successful. She also sees their relationship as long term, so when they have got the money they can buy something that has value. Alice and Vickey do not agree with Maggie choosing a brass ring. "Wedded with a brass ring" Alice and Vickey wouldn't think of marrying with a brass ring, especially if they are in middle class. This is where Maggie does not agree with different classes. This is a very special quality that Maggie has throughout the play. The same approach is taken when it comes to furnishing her cellar. ...read more.


He decides to ask them both back to work at his shop at his own expense. Hobson, Maggie and Will start discussing what they are going to do with both the businesses. As Hobson talks to Maggie and Will, explaining that they should come back, Maggie says, "You'd better speak out Will". Maggie is telling Will to take control and tell Hobson what is going to happen. Then Will explains what is going to happen to the businesses. This statement from Will shows how much he has changed. He has much more confidence in himself, he is able to speak to people higher than himself, his language has improved and he has changed from a timorous boot maker that he used to be. Throughout the play Willie and Maggie have become very attracted and have come together and moved away from Hobson's boot shop, and created their own business in Oldfield Road. Due to this Hobson's business begins to decline quite rapidly after Will and Maggie had left his shop. Hobson's shop struggles and he decides to ask them back. James Paul ...read more.

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