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Hobson's choice - Explore the play from the perspective of Willie Mossop's development.

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By Shloimi Werjuka Explore the play from the perspective of Willie Mossop's development. Introduction: Willie Mossop started off at the beginning of this play as a shoemaker, in Hobson's Cellar. He was of a low class and had great potential but little ambition. His first step was when Mrs Hepworth said that she only wants her shoes to be made by Willie. The next step towards his final personality was when Maggie proposed to marry him. He then went off with Maggie and started off his own business and then, not only did he stand up to Hobson, his former master, but he also stood up to Maggie, his own wife. In this coursework I intend to explore the play from the perspective of Willie Mossop's development. 'The shop windows and entrance from street occupy the left side. Facing the audience is the counter...' The play starts off with a rather long description of the settings in the shop. This is because Harold Brighouse is making sure that the play should be in an entirely realistic scenery. The first impression that we get of the family relationship is that the three daughters are quite friendly towards each other but together they all are 'against' their father, Hobson. Maggie is the eldest of the children, all of whom are not yet married. ...read more.


ALICE: I know, and if you're afraid to speak your thoughts, I'm not. Look here, Maggie, what you do touches us and you're mistaken if you think I'll own Willie Mossop for my brother-in-law. MAGGIE: Is there supposed to be some disgrace in him? ALICE: You ask father if there's disgrace. And look at me I had hopes of Albert Prosser till this happened. MAGGIE: You'll marry Albert Prosser when he's able and that will be when he starts spending less on laundry bills and hair cream. Here we see her strong views concerning the elitists of the upper class. She strongly believes that they shouldn't be treated especially well because they have money, power and influence, unlike her sisters who grow into and marry upper class members. Maggie has clearly displayed her view on the stupidity of spending large sums of money on hair cream and laundry bills. The lower classes were unaccustomed to spending extensive amounts on these luxuries. She displays the honesty of her opinion by marring Willie, to the disgust of her relatives and succeeding to succeed over her father. ALICE: You know why he comes. MAGGIE: I know it's time he paid a rent for coming. A pair of laces a day's not half enough. Coming here to make sheep's eyes at you. ...read more.


The Moonraker is another dramatic device. Hobson is a middle class man who lowers himself down by going to the pub with the lower working class. The first point of his downfall is when he gets drunk and falls into the cellar; this is all through the pub. At the beginning of the play we see Willie underneath the floor in the basement working. Then as he grows we see him graphically move upwards. Then in the last act we see him on a ladder looking down at Alice and Vicky. He then goes to speak to Hobson and he insists that his name goes before Hobson, but then Maggie insists that he changes his mind and he refuses. That is the climax of the play. It is interesting to note that Hobson and Willie are not both able to successful together. It is a bit like a seesaw; when one is up the other is down and vice versa. Harold Brighouse uses a plain blunt Northern accent to show how simple the working class were, and it adds to the bluntness of its development. Hobson's choice is a treasure house of historical and cultural issues as it is a story, which reflects life in the time period in which it was written. Shloimi - 1 - Werjuka English Coursework ...read more.

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