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Hobson's Choice Coursework- How does Will, with Maggie's help, develop into the most confident character in the play?

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Hobson's Choice Coursework- How does Will, with Maggie's help, develop into the most confident character in the play? Hobson's Choice, a play by Harold Brighouse is set in the 1800s, in the Victorian era. The main characters, the Hobsons, portray the typical Victorian family, where the male is the head figure of the family home. The head figure of this particular family is Henry Hobson, father of three daughters: Alice (23), Vickey (21) and Maggie (30). Hobson's character is a drunken old fellow who strongly believes that women should be seen and not heard. The three daughters, especially Maggie, are quite tired of being treated this way and decide they want to marry. The play mainly focuses of Maggie's marriage to William Mossop, a boot hand in her father's shop that the daughters themselves run. The plot is spread around about a year, during which time many changes can take place. In this case, I am going to discuss how Will changes over that year and develops, with Maggie's help, into the most confident character in the play. Act One is set in the Hobson's shoe shop. Albert Prosser, who has come to see Alice, enters the shop to be greeted by disappointment when Alice tells him that Hobson has not yet left the house. He moves to leave but this is when Maggie stops him and we get to know a bit more about her personality. Maggie is quite pushy ("And now you'll have boots to go with the laces, Mr. ...read more.


Eh, Maggie, you do handle things." He is also quite impressed by Maggie's act of persuasion. Will is still not quite comfortable with the situation as he refuses to kiss Maggie, using Vickey and Alice entering the room as an excuse, whereas Maggie remains very calm and when asks what's wrong with Will she answers in an off-hand, casual way: "He's just a bit upset because I've told him he's to marry me. Is dinner cooking nicely?" Alice is stubborn and not at all pleased at the idea of Will becoming a member of the family. She considers herself in a class well above him. Hobson returns from the Moonrakers pub and the first thing he says as he walks through the door is "Well, what about dinner?" to which Maggie replies "It'll be ready in ten minutes" and he says "You said one o' clock" which just proves that Hobson is one of those awkward, confusing fathers who are never satisfied. When Maggie explains that she is going to marry Will to her father she is very defiant and determined not to let what Hobson says have any effect on her: "I'm thirty and I'm marrying Will Mossop" as if that settles it, as if it's final. When Hobson is threatening Will with the strap, Will is suddenly overcome with confidence and he firmly threatens Hobson: "I'll tell you this, Mr. Hobson: If you touch me with that belt, I'll take her quick, aye, and stick to her like glue." Maggie is thoroughly pleased at this, because it proves she was right in having faith in him: "Willie! ...read more.


Maggie, Vickey and Alice are all fetched from their new homes. Each are married, it is one year on. Alice and Vickey refuse to come but suggest it should be Maggie, since she's the eldest. Maggie says it's up to Will, her husband but Alice and Vickey think she's being silly, letting him be the boss. Maggie just says, "Maybe Will's come on since you saw him" at which point Will arrives at the shop. There is definitely a change in Will, and Maggie is not the only one to notice it, Alice does too: "That's never Willie Mossop." As Will enters the room he is "prosperous and self-confident" which he would never have been before marrying Maggie. Will talks like he knows what he's talking about in this scene, he now has plenty of experience in the trade. "You try to sell it and you'd learn. Stock and goodwill 'ud fetch about two hundred... I'll do the arranging, Alice. If we come here, we come on my terms." Now, instead of being the one taking orders, Will is now the boss, rather than Maggie. There is confrontation between Maggie and Will when arguing over the name of the shop, but he sticks to what he wants: "Mossop and Hobson or it's Oldfield Road for us, Maggie" and she eventually agrees. After Hobson leaves Will discusses this new confidence that's come over him: "You told me to be strong and use the power that's come to me through you" Maggie knows that she is the one responsible for this 'new Will': "You're the man I've made you and I'm proud". (c) Abz09 ...read more.

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