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Will - Hobson's Choice

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Show how Will Changes in the course of the play In the play 'Hobson's Choice', the character William Mossop takes a significant part throughout the story. Although he appears as a minor character near the beginning, he later becomes one of the most important characters. As his surroundings change with time, I think that his personality strengthens and develops in many ways. Overall, 'Hobson's Choice' is a play based on a man called Henry Horatio Hobson. However, I find that the focus moves on to William, also called Willie and Will, as he succeeds to become the master of a boot shop from only being a boot-maker at start. At different parts of the play, there are a lot of distinct evidences of how Will changes. As already mentioned above, Will is only a boot-maker of the poor working class. This play, set in 1880, clearly shows how poor people were treated, Will as an example. When he is first mentioned, there is quite a long paragraph of his description. This may have been done purposely in order to tell us that he is, or will become an important character. One of the words in that paragraph that really came to my mind was, that he is said to have been 'brutalized' as a child. A high-class customer, Mrs Hepworth, offers him a visiting card as she is satisfied with the boots that he had made. ...read more.


Just as the couple prepares to leave for their wedding, Maggie asks Will for his honest opinion of their marriage, and if he wants to marry her at all. Will reassures her that his mind is made up, which pleases her; but as he carries on talking, Maggie intercepts as soon as he says the word 'resigned'. I understood the word 'resigned' as that he accepted their marriage with a little reluctance. Moreover, there may be some positiveness to his speech as Will says he will say 'Yes' to the parson's questions at the church. Furthermore, Will answers Maggie by the phrase 'Yes, Maggie'. This reminds us again, the dominance of Maggie over Will. I think that there is a big difference in Will, comparing Act 2 and 3 of the play. At the beginning of Act 3, Will gives a toast to the guests of the dinner after the wedding. In contrast to his usual speeches, he gives an impressively long speech. Although, it is still evident that he has not yet perfectly mastered his reading skills. As Will struggles to read a word in the middle of his speech, Maggie interrupts in an undertone, and he carries on. Moreover, Will is shown to have been stammering all throughout his speech. However, I think that this is an amazing improvement in his educational side, as it is told at the very beginning that Will is not fully literate, and that he cannot write. ...read more.


When Henry has gone, Will shows us the innocent side of him, asking 'Did I sound confident, Maggie?' Despite Maggie's praises, Will admits that he 'trembled' in his shoes, which makes the readers smile, to see the old Will again. Moreover, it is seen that Will does not call Maggie by the name 'Miss' anymore, which suggests their intimate relationship. Another evidence to support the closeness of Will and Maggie are in the following scene. It is told that Maggie was married to Will with a 'brass ring'. Brass rings, in those days, were very cheap and undecorated, often used by the poorer people. I could describe Maggie as being 'thrifty', although the wedding ring must still be very meaningful for her. Will mentions that he has some 'improvements' to work on, meaning to surprise Maggie with a new ring. However, Maggie refuses for the reason mentioned above. The following scene of Will, when he 'kisses her' indicates a mutual love between the couple at last. I think this is a significant change in Will, which happened as he gradually recognized Maggie's affectionate feelings. From this, you can see how enormously Will have changed, and how he was influenced by other characters and his environment. I have been deeply impressed by how much Will have improved in diverse sides of his characteristics. However, throughout the story, there is one part of him that does not change at all. That would be his typical speech, 'By Gum!' ?? ?? ?? ?? Lower 5 17/05/07 ...read more.

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