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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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Discuss the characters of Maggie and Hobson in their dramatic context. Comment on how they illustrate and highlight the roles of men and women in their Victorian social context.

    This shows that to some extent at least, Hobson is merely reflecting the attitudes of his society. Another theme relating to class is Alice and Vickey's marriages, and their subsequent snobbery, about being in business not trade, and their refusal to help Hobson when he needed it most. The location of the play is also vital for its context- Salford, in Lancashire. The play is entirely focussed on Salford, with Manchester being the only reference to the outside world. Hobson is terrified of having his name in the "Manchester Guardian" - because the whole of his world would know that he had appeared in court.

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  8. Hobson's choice - Explore the play from the perspective of Willie Mossop's development.

    Maggie is the eldest of the children, all of whom are not yet married. Maggie has a stubborn nature and acts like a mother to the other two girls. She is strict, confident and she is very persuasive especially when she manages to get Albert out of the shop when it was very obvious in her mind that he wanted to speak to Alice. 'Hobson ... is fifty-five, successful, coarse, florid ...' When Hobson enters then for the first time we see the first time we see the whole family together. We can instantly tell that it is the girls that do the work in the shop and Hobson does nothing.

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  9. Hobson's Choice Coursework- How does Will, with Maggie's help, develop into the most confident character in the play?

    (Pushing him) "Sit down, Mr. Prosser") in the way she says "And now you'll" rather than "Would you also like", signifying that this is an order, not a question. Her pushiness is well known among the other characters and this especially irritates Alice, who says "Maggie, we know you're a pushing sales-woman but-", but Maggie is a no-nonsense type of character and interrupts her mid-sentence. In fact, she tends to do this a lot throughout the play. Maggie is polite but firm when she says "It's not wasted.

    • Word count: 2860
  10. Malachi's Cove and Flight, are about two young ladies growing up but in different times and places. Both asserting their independence and developing relationships with young men. Malachi's Cove is set in mid-nineteenth century and Flight in the 1950s.

    A stereotypical view of one of these women was to be paled faced and have a 'delicate constitution'. Women had nothing, they couldn't vote, they couldn't work in politics, and they couldn't take a degree. Married women didn't have any property of their own, women weren't legal guardians of their children, and wives couldn't even keep their own earnings and that was only if they worked as women were considered as 'ladies of leisure'. In the 1950s women had a slightly better role than in the Victorian times. The girls were getting a better education, even though it may seem slightly s****t, they studied sewing, cookery and PE.

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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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