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  1. 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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  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 'Hobson's Choice'

    Hobson is a middle-class man who receives his income from the shop he owns. This shop of his is a boot shop. He, however, does not take any part of the operating. His eldest daughter, Maggie is his main source of income. Her talent in persuasion and a boot maker, Willie Mossop, go well as a partnership; his natural craftsmanship provides boots worth buying. Hobson, whilst the shop is in operation would usually his time in the Moonraker's Inn. He would usually meet with Jim Healer, his companion.

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  7. Character Study : Harry Hobson

    Henry Hobson, a boot shop owner in Salford, not a very successful one either. Henry has three children, all girls, Maggie, who is thirty, Alice, twenty-three and finally Victoria, known as 'Vickey' who is twenty-one. All of the girls work for Hobson, but do not receive any form of wage. Hobson treats the three girls with no respect whatsoever; we understand that this is true by the tone and aggression in Hobson's voice when he interacts with them.

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  8. By Close Examination of the Text show how and explain why Willie Mossop changes during the course of Act One

    Maggie is the dominant character in the play; the focus of events and most of the scenes revolve around her. She does not really change much during the play we just discover hidden aspects of her character. Willie is more important because his character develops as a person and grows in stature. The audience watches his journey from the beginning of the play to the end and see him transformed from the lowest character, in terms of social standing and position in life, to someone who is at the top.

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  9. Drama Coursework- The two stimuli's for my coursework were a play, Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse and a song, For What its Worth by Stephen Stills.

    The theme of family in Hobson's Choice could be used to influence us. The similarity of protesting could be used in my role as I could protest for the innocence of my friend. As the characters in the song protest against the government, we could protest against the law. Unlike the song, Hobson's Choice has the theme of the break of family; we could use this in our performance. The contexts of both texts are very different. Hobson's Choice was written in 1880s when Salford was poor, therefore we could have a poor family in our performance.

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  10. Hobson's choice was written in the content of theatrical change by Harold Brighouse in 1945 and therefore, audience of that time may have a different perspective understanding of the play compared to much a modern or present day audience.

    This therefore reflects the present independence that women have. The relationship between the father and the three daughters can also be compared single parent families are on the increasing. The play shows misunderstanding which may arise between a child and one parent due the absence of the other parent and this reflects in the disharmony present in some single-parents homes. The partnership or business merging can be also be seen when one of Hobson's daughter -'Maggie' and one of his employer -'William Mossop' got married and started their own business creating competition for Hobson in the business industry in modern day.

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  11. Compare and Contrast "Hobson's Choice" with "Still life at the Penguin Caf".

    Instead of telling a story, it shows snapshot images of extinct and endangered animal species. There are a number of symbolic and moral themes to it. These include the use of hybrid animals to make the audience realise that it is humans that are to blame for endangering these species. It was choreographed not only for entertainment, but also to encourage the audience to think about their moral values and the way they think of the world.

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  12. What have you found interesting about the ways Brighouse presents the character of Maggie in act one of ‘Hobson’s Choice?’

    Brighouse has written Maggie into the play to be very forcefully and dominant. She does not let a customer go out of the shop without making a purchase. This happened when Albert Prosser came into see Alice, his girlfriend. Maggie turned to him and exclaimed 'This is a shop, you know. We're not here to let people go out without buying.' These qualities make Maggie a very successful businessperson. It is these qualities that make Maggie so important to her father, Hobson. If Maggie were to leave then the business would cease and Hobson would be in a very big mess.

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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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