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Hobsons Choice - Select two or more moments from two different acts that show how the writer has developed the character of Willie Mossop or Maggie.

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Select two or more moments from two different acts that show how the writer has developed the character of Willie Mossop or Maggie. How did you reflect this change in your performance? " Hobsons Choice" is a play about how the life of middle and lower classes used to be like during the 19th Century. The play is set in Salford, Manchester and is based around the lives of the Hobson family and William Mossop. William Mossop is the boothand for the owner of Hobsons boot shop, Henry Hobson. Early on in the play, Willie Mossop finds out, by the way of Maggie Hobson, he has an ability to make superb boots. Maggie, sees her future with Willie, and asks to 'Wed' him, telling him that they could set up their own business in another street. The two finally do this and run a very flourishing business, but at Hobsons expense, for his health and business falls and he is forced to seek help from Willie and Maggie. I have selected, as the title asks, two acts from the play. I have chosen act one and act four. I have chosen these two acts, because I felt that these two acts reflected, the most clearly, the ways in which Willie Mossop changed. ...read more.

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Will is taken aback by this offer from Maggie because he is bemused why a member of a class higher than his own would ask him to wed her and go into a business partnership together. The reason for Willie's reaction is that in the 19th Century it was very unusual for members of different classes to mix and congregate. It was very unusual for two members of different classes to get married and go into a business together. There was a need in performance of these early scenes, to show the audience how timid and unsure of himself Willie Mossop is. I chose to present only half my person out of the trap when called upon to meet Mrs Hepworth, by Hobson. This way, my lowly position in society as a working class member, was mirrored by my position looking up to the characters. I made an effort to make my body language look inhibited so I avoided, lengthy eye contact, occasionally dropped my head, and retreated into my body by rounding my shoulders. In act four, the final act of the play, the reader is able to see the way in which William Mossop has changed from a timorous, unambitous boot hand, to a clever business man. ...read more.

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Also, the way in which he controls his business in Oldfield Road suggests his education has improved dramatically. Maggie's education and influence on Will have had a positive effect on him. Unlike the first act, he is now clear about his ambitions and his future. This is shown by his attitude towards his business and the way he handles Hobson's offer of partnership. At the end of act four, Maggie and Will show their love towards each other. In the first act Will Mossop is a reluctant player in Maggie's game plan. By the end of act four, he loves her and can appreciate what she has done for him. The last phrase in act four, shows that Will Mossop still hasn't completely grown out of his comical attitude, by saying, "Well, By gum!" This ends the play. In contrast to the early scenes, I chose to show Willie Mossop as a confident, successful businessman. Firstly, I used a different costume and I wore a three-piece suit with a top hat under my arm. Secondly, when I spoke to Mr Hobson I was fluent and I looked him in the eye. In this act, I changed my timorous attitude to a confident attitude. I proved this by having my shoulders back and being in a closer space. I even deliberately placed Maggie behind me on stage, to show that I was now the person in charge. Adam Taylor ...read more.

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