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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Hobson's Choice by Harold Brighouse.

    Repertory had been brought to Manchester by Miss A E Horniman, whose sponsorship of Lancashire drama helped set up the Manchester School of Dramatists between 1909 and 1914. The three most outstanding members of the Manchester School were Stanley Houghton, (author of Hindole Wakes), Allan Monkhouse and Brighouse himself. Notably their work depicted a way of life foreign to the upper and upper-middle classes of polite London society; their plays were set in Lancashire and used working-class and middle-class characters, speaking in the Lancashire dialect.

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  7. Comparing Hobson's (a private limited company) and Mr. K. Day (a sole trader).

    This could also mean making raw materials. > Sales- This could be retail in shops or it could be wholesale. > Client services- Internet services, such as AOL and Freeserve come into this category. Finachial services, such as insurance and banking services, Health, Dentistry, Leisure and sport also come into this category. > Other services- This category covers business that do not fit into any another category, such as Transport and communications. Mr. K. Day fits into the category of other services because Mr.

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  8. In Hobson's Choice, how does Harold Brighouse make the audience aware of the changes in Willie Mossop's character?

    Maggie later proceeds to marry an employee of Hobson's, William Mossop, who is a mentally stunted man with an exceptional talent for making boots, and with Maggie's management and organisation skills, the couple set up their own boot making company. Maggie also organises both her sisters' marriages to influential businessmen of the time, leaving Hobson alone. Hobson's business gradually begins to fail, as does his health, where Maggie and Willie prosper. In Act One, Willie Mossop is an inferior, un-intelligent man who is very low class with little money but as the story progresses through to Act Four Willie changes significantly.

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  9. Hobson Analysis - Henry Horatio Hobson is one of the principal characters of the play and his conflict with his daughters, particularly Maggie, provides the basis of the story line.

    Hobson is made comical in the way that he tries so often to assert his authority and is ignored by his headstrong daughters so much. Also, he is made to be found comical by the reader later in the play when he finds himself no longer the pillar of strength, standing for common sense and sincerity that he thought he was, but at the total mercy of his eldest daughter Maggie. Maggie Analysis Maggie Hobson, also one of the principal characters of the play is made to be quite the heroine by Harold Brighouse in the way that using her

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  10. At the end of the play “Hobson’s choice” Maggie says to Will, “You’re the man I made you and I’m proud.” How far is this true?

    "I assure you it shall not occur again, Mrs Hepworth." By the time Mrs Hepworth has left the shop, she has complemented Will, insulted Hobson and Maggie has made up her mind that Willie is the man for her. Willie is one of the most important characters in the play "Hobson's choice." At the beginning of the play, he comes across as being a pathetic creature. He is timid and weak. You can tell this by the way in which Will is afraid to go up to the shop floor when Mrs Hepworth and Hobson are there.

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  11. Hobson’s Choice is not only a comedy but it also deals with historical, social and cultural issues in the 19th Century

    Henry Horatio Hobson is depicted as a middle - class patriotic Englishman. His name most probably alludes to the nationalistic spirit of his parents by naming him Henry after King Henry who defeated the French at the battle of Agincourt, and Horatio after Lord Nelson who defeated the French at Trafalgar. This patriotism is also evident towards the beginning of Act One: HOBSON: I'm middle class and proud of it. I stand for common sense and sincerity. You forgot the majesty of trade and the unparalleled virtues of the British Constitution - which are all based on the sanity of the middle classes, combined with the diligence of the working classes.

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  12. Exploring the play from the perspective of Willie Mossop’s Development.

    The main reason being that he is "tokened" (engaged) to Ada Figgins, a girl from a similar background to Willie's. Maggie's persuasive character and Will's lack of one combined easily manages to get Ada and her mother out of the picture. Will cannot find any more objections so Maggie considers that he agrees and sets the date for the wedding. It is interesting to note that during the conversation Will calls Maggie by her real name as opposed to the respectful "Miss Maggie" he called her up until this point.

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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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