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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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Conclusion analysis

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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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