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In my opinion the play Hobsons Choice shows that women are as good as men but because of the sexist views of men in the 19th century disabled them from accomplishing their dreams.

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Women of the 19th century did not have the same rights as men. The patriarchal societies in that century meant that women had to face unequal rights. The women portrayed in 'Hobson's Choice' paint a totally different picture. The women are more in control of their situations. They are called 'bumptious' by their male counterparts meaning self-assertive. Women were expected to housewife and to raise children. If women stepped out of line they would punished, even physically sometimes. The 'Hobson's Choice' play is set in Salford in Manchester in a 19th century Victorian era. Mr Hobson a middle class man runs a shoe shop. He is shown as a pompous man that drinks away most of the profit at the local pub. ...read more.

Middle

Maggie's characteristics show is that she more likely to get the job done and that she controls most things that happen at home and the business. She sets the dinner time and after a little protest from Mr Hobson she has the last say in the subject. 'One o'clock dinner, father.' 'See here Maggie. I set the hours at this house. It is one o'clock dinner because I say it is, and not because you do' Act one He knows that he really is not in charge of the house hours; he just says it so that he does not lose face in his battle against Maggie Hobson. Mr Hobson believes that his daughter Maggie is past the marrying age. ...read more.

Conclusion

'You are going to wed me, Will' 'nay, I'm not. Really I can't do that, Maggie. I can see that I'm disturbing your arrangements' The pause that Maggie makes it seem like that she is slightly hesitating in her speech and this may also show that she is thinking about what she says next. Maggie's personality tells us that she is not usually a person who is held back rather she will firmly put her point across. In my opinion the play 'Hobson's Choice' shows that women are as good as men but because of the sexist views of men in the 19th century disabled them from accomplishing their dreams. However the start of the 20th century brought forward better news for men worldwide. The suffragettes helped women to get the right to vote and this was a gate that opened many new doors for women. ...read more.

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