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    Hobson's choice - Maggie can be described as a "woman of specific qualities." What aspects of the play verify this statement.

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    Alice believes as every other woman of her day that courting is to come before marriage. Whereas we see Maggie opposed to the idea. She believes that courting is a waste of time. Why dawdle and time waste by courting when the final intention is to be married. "If he wants to marry you, why doesn't he do it?" From an early stage we can recognise her difference as a woman and her no- nonsense approach. "See that slipper with a fancy buckle on to make it pretty? Courting is just like that, my lass. All glitter and no use to nobody."

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    Maggie's Role in Hobson's Choice

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    Through this though she is also helping her sister. Maggie is a very determined woman. A good example of this is on page 16. She calls Willie up from the cellar and tells him that he'll be her husband, she doesn't ask him she tells him "I've seen, I've liked. I think you'll do for me." Her personality is very domineering, she is always in charge and she is the boss. On the outside she doesn't show her feelings towards Willie. But she does come to love Willie as she makes her sisters and Hobson respect him "either I can go home or you can go and put a collar on for Will.

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  3. Hobson's Choice Summary

    He calls her 'a proper old maid' and says she is past the marrying age. The girls have got the measure of their father and are not afraid to defy him. Hobson's comment, 'I hate bumptiousness like I hate a lawyer' anticipates his embarrassment later in the play with the legal trap set up by Maggie. Scene Three Mrs Hepworth arrives to praise Willie for the boots. Although Willie has trouble reading the visiting card, we are left in no doubt about his skill as a shoemaker. Mrs Hepworth is rich and can afford the best from the best shops in Manchester and yet Willie's boots are the best she has ever had.

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  4. Demonstrate, in detail, how the writer uses language effectively to represent Maggies character and role in act one of Hobsons Choice.

    This could be symbolic of her rising to a challenge. Maggie is formal to Albert calling him "Mr Prosser." This again could be her trying to be respectful to men which was expected in those days. When Albert tries to leave without buying anything Maggie stops him saying, "this is a shop, you know." She states the obvious to him, later saying "We're not here to let people go out without buying." Here she demands Albert to buy something. This shows she has a strong character that isn't afraid to stand over men. Albert asks for a pair of shoe laces but Maggie turns a deaf ear asking what size show he wears.

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  5. Hobson's Choice

    I quickly tried to think of something to change the subject, when there was a knock on the door. I looked around at this rap as my office door opened. I saw two people - a man and a lady. I took them in on the first glance. I noticed the man looked reasonably smart but tired, wearing a navy blue suit and tie, the lady in police uniform. "Miss Morrison?" the man asked, looking between me and Kate. I noted the seriousness in his voice. "How can I help you?" I responded, standing up and offering my hand to shake.

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  6. Hobson's Choice - How does Brighouse represent the character os Maggie in Act One?

    live off of them, although at the time it was only considered that the man should earn the living and the woman should cook and clean. So in this respect Maggie was a much more modern thinking girl, in a time when very few women tried and even fewer succeeded in getting anywhere in society. The issue of class is illustrated well throughout the play. Firstly when Hobson makes a fool of himself when Mrs. Hepworth, a very important high-class wealthy woman enters the shop to praise Wille for his work on her boats.

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

    He is shown as a pompous man that drinks away most of the profit at the local pub. His eldest daughter Maggie however is known to be very pushy as seen in act one where she forces Mr Albert Prosser; a man who has been courting her sister, to buy some shoes 'This is a shop you know. We're not here to let people go without buying' Act one It is very unlikely that Mr Prosser did not know that it was a shop rather Maggie is showing irony by reminding him that the shop is there to sell things not to be walked in and out.

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    never associated with the lower class and the lower class was bound to do the same; the lower class related to their own type. The playwright of 'Hobson's Choice' - Harold Brighouse understood the importance of the social roles and values of the Victorians and consequently creates characters that juxtapose the whole idea and concept of the Victorian Era. Hobson's Choice reflects the social roles and values of the time through the characters reference to Status and gender. Maggie, Willie and Hobson are the three main characters the audience are focused on; these characters are presented in different ways and indifferent circumstances.

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  9. By the end of the play Will is not the likeable lad he was at the beginning.' How far do you agree with this statement?

    After a lot of persuading and a beating from Hobson Will agreed it would be a good idea. The third act is a month later and they have got married and moved into a cellar in Oldfield Road, this is their business and home. Act Four is a year later and with the help of Maggie, Will's character changes significantly, he becomes more confident, assertive. Will also gets educated by Maggie as that wasn't something that the working class were able to afford. At the end of the play Will and Maggie move back to Chapel Street because Hobson develops chronic alcoholism also, Will becomes partners with Hobson on the condition that Hobson is a silent partner.

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  10. Analyse the dramatic techniques that Brighouse uses to explore the theme of image in "Hobson's Choice"

    He very much wanted the people of Salford ( his daughters included ) to believe that he was a hard working business man, who ran his home with a firm hand, but his efforts - and money - were in vain, as he spent most hours of the day at the "Moonrakers" Inn Pub, getting unbelievably drunk and falling into neighbours cellars. Hobson became increasingly worried after he fell down Mr Beenstocks cellar around noon one day. He was extremely drunk and was really concerned that his actions would affect the business' trade.

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  11. hobsons choice

    This is mainly due to her manipulating skills and bossiness. Maggie is a modern woman, the opposite of Hobson, who is old-fashioned and is not open to modern ideas. He believes women are substandard; he mocks his daughter's dress code and their preference of husbands. It is she who proposes to Willie for practical and business reasons and perhaps in some way to spite her father. She is unafraid of marrying somebody 'below' her, the son of "A workhouse brat". She uses her power to marry Willie and to drive away Ada Figgins, once she is married we see her become softened, less dominant and more loving and affectionate.

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  12. Hobsons Choice Assignment

    Hepworth thinks Willie the boot maker is good at his trade. Hobson disagrees with her congratulating him. As Mrs. Hepworth says 'Did you make these boots.' Then Hobson remarks 'If there is anything wrong I'm capable of making the man suffer for it.' This shows Hobson thinks poorly of his staff, also Mrs. Hepworth thinks People should be praised for doing a good job.

  13. By a close analysis of the language used, how the author reveals the Character and role of Maggie In act 1 of Hobson's choice.

    She is a liberator to characters in the play and shows this through her defiant nature towards her father; Henry Hobson. We see that she has a vision throughout the play and she can see this through the craftsmanship of Willie Mossop. In the scene with Albert, we can see that Maggie's dominant and overpowering character is illustrated straight away in the stage directions when it says "Maggie rises" This tells us that she ascends to her full height and does not just get up.

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  14. hobson's choiceStudying the Victorian period from Hobson's choice, I rewrote a section of the play in modern times.

    Enter *Mama* Hessa, a lady of old age with a good sense of manner. She's from the United Arab Emirates, Dubai. She is wearing a traditional Arabic black abaya, which, is worn over the clothes once leaving your house. A shayla is also worn over the head to cover the woman's hair, so that no man can see it. Mama Hessa has a plastic bag with her with a blue coloured material inside. Khan: *Salaam wa alaykm*, Mama Hessa. What a lovely afternoon! Nice to see you please sit down. (Khan places a chair for her).

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    Willie mossop is one of the chaacters in the play an is a real victorian Gentlemen. Hobson wants to go to the moonrakers to have an alcoholic beverage however his daughters Alice , Maggie and Vickey tell him to be home for 1 o'clock for his dinner.The quote used describing this is when Maggie says "dinners at one,remember" Hobson replies by saying "dinner will be when i come in for it,im the master here" when Hobson leaves Maggie tells the girls " make dinner for half past one we will give im half an hour " Maggie is being strong and bossy to Hobson.she is ordering him to do as he is told.

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  16. I think in the play Hobson's choice the character that changes the most is Willie, because at the beginning his status as hobsons boot hand was very low, and was an uneducated person

    When Maggie him to marry her, he wasn't sure about it and seamed to be afraid of Maggie. He definitely didn't want to marry her, even when he did marry her he was very nervous. That didn't help Willie very much either, not being able to express himself very well, which didn't help him very much with his social life. ACT 2: In act 2 Willie and Maggie buy there place with the help if Mrs H, they borrowed �100 and promised to pay it back next year.

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  17. Hobson's Choice' by Harold Brighouse struck me initially as a well constructed play with a plot that was skilfully unravelled for us by the characters that Brighouse introduced. Each character had a role

    Within this brave new world society was changing and people were unsure of their place in it. Furthermore when the play was first produced in 1916 the suffragette movement was very much a topic of the day and a strong character like Maggie would still be seen as challenging the values of the day. Her behaviour would have been as shocking to some of the audience as it was to Hobson. These factors alone would have further heightened the dramatic tension of the comedy.

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  18. In Act 2 when Alice tells Maggie " I don't know what your aiming at..." she answers " The difference between us is that I do. I always did." Explore the differences between Maggie and her sisters in " Hobson's Choice."

    Alice is a very anxious character at this point in the play as her Father hasn't left yet for his daily trip to the Moonraker's, due to a late Mason's meeting the night before. Alice knows that her Father hates anything to do with the law, especially a lawyer so he would be furious and very disappointed if he knew they were courting. Alice and Albert are resultantly very scared of Hobson whereas Maggie has had enough of the pair pussyfooting around.

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  19. Hobson's choice

    Maggie helps improve Willie's illiteracy by teaching him how to read and write. Maggie turns Willie from an uneducated person to that of an articulate and self-assured businessman. She is a very powerful character, and her actions are dramatic devices. In fact, the play is so dramatic that it is difficult to believe it could happen. --------------------------------------------------------- Harold Brighouse was born on 26 June 1887, in Eccles. At the outbreak of war in 1914, Brighouse wanted to bring entertainment to the British Theatre audience, after the horrendous casualties in the 1WW. That was why he wrote the play "Hobson's Choice."

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  20. In Act two, Alice tells Maggie "I don't know what you're aiming at." She replies, "The difference between us is I do, I always did." Explain the differences between Maggie and her sisters. 'Hobson's Choice' is set in Salford in 1880

    Whilst Jim is around, Hobson seeks some advice from him. He requires advice on how to manage the girls. In the end he decides to get Alice and Vicky 'wed'. After Hobson has told Alice and Vicky that he will be choosing husbands for them, the girls are extremely unhappy. They wish to choose their own partners: "Can we not choose husbands for ourselves?" But are told: "I've been telling you for the last five minutes, you're not even fit to pick dresses for yourselves" Because this is an important matter Maggie takes centre stage: "If you're dealing husbands around, don't I get one?"

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  21. Trace the development of William mossop's character in the play 'Hobson's choice'

    This is shown when Willie begins to speak more and is further educated and more self-assured. Willie also gets more confident after he gets married to Maggie. Willie gradually works his way up the ladder and begins to take over Hobson's shop. During the play, Hobson is unable to watch over the shoe shop and his daughters have all matured, moved out, and got married, including Maggie, who is married to Willie. Willie now has ambitions and these are to create something of his life. He later fulfils his aspirations and becomes the owner of Hobson's shoe shop.

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  22. I am currently planning a show and propose to perform Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice.

    This is because the piece addresses the challenges of family life and of relationships between the generations. This work carries a strong message about the difficulties faced by both parents and children over the issue of independence. It portrays the struggle between a determined father and his three daughters. For those of you who have not seen this play, it tells the story of a man called Hobson who runs a shoe shop with his three daughters. He has always limited his daughters' activities and denied them independence. The twist of the story comes when Hobson's eldest daughter Maggie proposes to Willie Mossop, the boot-maker in her fathers shop.

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  23. What do you think of Maggie Hobson in the first act and how does the author encourage you to change your mind?

    This show that she is trying to take over the main lead in the family role, when it should be her father's role to say when the dinner should be ready because that was the norm in that era. Maggie has swapped roles with him. Hobson is very rude to his daughters, Alice and Vicky, about their delight in fashionable clothing and the idea of getting them married. Maggie is not included in the conversation of marriage. She then asks him what he thinks of her getting married.

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  24. Trace the development of Willie Mossop throughout the course of the play. Include the relevant points from each act and try to back up your points with quotations from the text.

    At the end of the play we see Willie as a definitely changed man, in every respect possible. At the very beginning of Act 1 the audience notices Willie's potential when Mrs Hepworth enters the shop. Mrs Hepworth is one of Hobson's upper class customers. Mrs Heoworth humiliates Hobson who assumes she has come to complain about the boots that Willie made, when she asks to see the person who made them. But Hobson is a far cry from right as she actually comes to praise Willie, "Mossop, I've tried every shop in Manchester and these are the best pair of boots I have ever had.

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  25. Discuss the character of Willie Mossop in "Hobson's Choice". What advice would you give to an actor playing Willie's role in a stage production of the play?

    When Mr. Brighouse started to write his plays with passion and pride he wrote the play "Hobson's Choice." The genre of this play was comedy. Hobson's Choice was eventually shown at the end of World War One. The play was written rapidly. Mr. Brighouse changed the course of the final act and set the play back in time to the 1800. The phrase "Hobson's Choice" is well known. To have "Hobson's Choice" is to have no choice at all. "Hobson's Choice" comes from the 17th Century Cambridgeshire horse trader choice Hobson. Hobson's customers in theory had free choice but in practice they bought what Hobson wanted them to buy.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Analyse the events of act one and discuss how the playwright, Harold Brighouse prepares the audience for the transformation of Will Mossop's character as seen in act four of Hobson's Choice.

    "In Conclusion I feel that Maggie is solely responsible for the change in Will. Since she dragged him into marrying her he has changed into a strong, self-confident and self-assured man. At the end of act 1 he shows that he won't be bossed about by Hobson and becomes determined to marry Maggie. He turns into the strongest man in the play from being the weakest. He now knows what he is doing in life and is not afraid of changes as he was at the beginning of the play. He is now successful and respectable but he doesn't gloat or boast over Hobson's misfortunes. At the end of the play he shows of all his new qualities. Will's change has happened for the best for him without a doubt but not for Hobson. Hobson used to be in charge of Will and boss him around but now the tables have turned as Hobson now needs Will."

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