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  1. 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.

    Mrs Hepworth seeks the assistance of Maggie to find out who made the boots, after getting nowhere with Hobson. This puts Hobson out and he still tries to interfere and show his importance. He assures Mrs Hepworth that he will make the man that made them suffer if there is anything wrong with them. "...if there is anything wrong I assure you I'm capable of making the man suffer..." Will appears from the trap door. He is lanky man who is not stupid, but has been stunted mentally. His clothes are poor and shabby but he has qualities and charm in him.

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  2. Hobsons Choice - Focus on Will Mossop's character. Trace the changes and developments We see in his character.

    He is a raw material of a charming man but at present, it requires a very keen eye to detect his potentialities" One thing I notice about Willie is that he is an extremely shy and nervous man as Mrs Hepworth a member of the Upper class says "Take that" Willie in worry bends over rather expecting "That" to be a blow. Then he raises his head to find she is holding out a visiting card with her address apon it.

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  3. Hobson's Choice - Why are the characters of Maggie and Will so popular to a modern audience?

    We're not here to let people go out without buying." This quote explains that in her eyes the business comes first like when she talks to Will about her marriage being a business opportunity "You're a business idea in the shape of a man." When Maggie gets the money from Mrs Hepworth and sorts out all the business, it shows how focused and determined she is. It is this determination that brings a lot of the drama and humour to the play.

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  4. 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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  5. Hobson's Choice - "Maggie Hobson and Willie Mossop are symbols of how determination and education can overcome disadvantage" Discuss

    Maggie may seem different and extraordinary when compared to the other characters in the play, but there are times in the play when she is shown to be like an ordinary person: "See that slipper with a fancy buckle on to make it pretty? Courting's like that, my lass. All glitter and no use to nobody" Maggie shows that she can be down-to-earth as she has a serious discussion with her younger sister, Alice. This also shows Maggie's strength of character, as she shows that she is prepared to make a point even though other people will disagree with it.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Personal Writing- Non Fiction based on A night out- Harold Pinter

    He is a young adult. How could I have done such a terrible thing to him? I am going to hate myself for doing this to him if he does not forgive me. Why was I so jealous of him? It was not any of mine business what he does and who he goes out with. (Stressfully and sighs her hands over her head) How could I have been mean about Albert's father and said upsetting and terrible things? During the evening Mrs. stokes is talking to herself about her feelings. Mrs stokes then of all a sudden starts to talk to herself about her past.

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Compare The Character And Behaviour of Will Mossop In Act 1 and 4

    Now you'll make my boots in future.' Throughout this passage Will Mossop doesn't say a dozen words and is very timid. Our first view of the man is that he is a quiet, shy man and to a certain extent, finds it embarrassing to accept praise. I also get the feeling that because he is a typical working-class man he feels inferior to the Hobson family and especially Henry Hobson because he has made his own fortune. We get our second look at Will Mossops character on page 15 of the book.

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  15. Is David Lean’s adaptation of Hobson’s Choice a good performance of the play? Comment on individual performances as well as the production as a whole.

    is played wonderfully by Charles Laughton, at the peak of his prowess as an actor. Laughton gives a marvellously hierophantic performance as the bitter boot maker and father of three "uppish" Victorian women. Hobson is truly a "parent of the period", and is a stubborn figurehead of Victorian patriarchy, although he has no objection to using women in the workplace. As in the play, Laughton makes a fantastic job of Hobson's speech in the first act regarding the "gradual increase of uppishness" towards him from the "rebellious females" of his household. As the play progresses Hobson's dominance fades, and this factor is brought to life brilliantly by Laughton, resulting in the final convincingly meek "Yes, Maggie" at the end of the play.

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  16. 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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  17. What does this scene reveal to the audience about the characters of Maggie and Willie? In what ways is it dramatically effective?

    Willie would probably think at this point that he has done something wrong as workman where expected to stay in the workshop. The stage directions say that he stops halfway up the stairs meaning Maggie would be looking down on him as if to tell him off. Maggie then gives him another order "Come up, and put the trapdoor down" this again shows Maggie's dominance this would come through on stage. The stage directions then say "He (Willie) comes reluctantly" Willie would be thinking the worst at the moment the actor would show this with body language and facial expressions.

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  18. Hobson’s Choice

    Willie is called up from the cellar by an aristocratic woman, Mrs. Hepworth, who wishes to praise him on his shoes (though Hobson presumes it is to criticise him). Maggie looks on with a glint in her eye, which again can only truly be purveyed on stage. The end of act one sees the first signs of conflict between Hobson and his family when he refuses to pay them wages - he, ironically feels threatened that they will "overthrow" him. We are also introduced for the first time to the idea of his alcohol abuse which carries on into the next act when he falls into the corn cellar.

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