• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Hobson’s Choice

Extracts from this document...


Hobson's Choice At first glance Hobson's Choice is simply about the conflict between Henry Hobson, a stubborn cobbler and his eldest daughter Maggie. However, the way that Maggie helps Will, a lowly shoemaker reform himself, and eventually turn the tables on Hobson is quite remarkable . In this coursework, I intend to prove how the author, Harold Brighouse, uses dramatic devices to effect Willie's development. the play is split up into different acts, and Willie goes through a different stage of growth at the end of nearly all of these. The first scene begins with Willie, very fittingly being literally under everyone's feet in a cellar. This would be very striking when being seen on stage, as seeing is believing, and it would really hit the idea of Mossop's dire position home. Though already we begin to see signs of progress in Willie's confidence, however low it is. Willie is called up from the cellar by an aristocratic woman, Mrs. ...read more.


Vision is a very powerful sense, which is why television is the primary form of media. Therefore, when you see Willie under the floor of the shop, or at the end of the play at the top of a ladder, you don't have to think to appreciate his position. The play is also very auditory . Phrases like "By gum!" would have to be explained in a novel, but are taken as the Mancunian tongue on stage. It is therefore fair to say that Maggie plays a big part in Willie's development. She is a strong headed, and for want of a better word, a feminist. The play was written in the 1880's, and Maggie's character really does pre-empt the suffragettes who kicked up a lot of fuss in the early 1900's at the peak of the industrial revolution. This play really does illustrate what were at the time groundbreaking ideas. The males who surround Maggie (Hobson, his pub friends etc.) ...read more.


The language used in the play is also quite useful to put over the point of class. Willie's course language, and catch phrase "By gum!" constitutes quite nicely to the idea that Willie really is the lowest of the low. Throughout the play, the actor playing Willie has a look of utter shock on his face at the complicated words being used around him by the upper classes, yet by the end of the play William Mossop feels quite at home amongst such people. His last line of the play "By gum!" is simply a satirical and ironic comment referring to his poor beginnings, which is quite sophisticated for a once shoemaker. In summary, Harold Brighouse creates a theatrical masterpiece by virtue of the fact that the story is a play. He also finds just the right blend of language, drama, and contentious themes to keep both a 20th and 21st century audience ruptured, and on the edge of their seats. I think it is fair to say that Hobson's Choice is an achievement in it's genre. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harold Brighouse section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harold Brighouse essays

  1. Hobson's Choice Coursework

    It is here at the park where Willie declares he is not in fact in love with Maggie. He also tells her there is someone else whom he is in love with, Ada Figgins. Maggie goes to see Ada and her mother and starts to tell them about her future

  2. Hobson's Choice

    When she comes in the shop, Maggie starts to tell her about her and Willie's plans. It is here where we notice that Willie is reluctant to marry Maggie as he asks Ada to fight for him. In the book, Hobson finds out about Willie and Maggie's engagement and is infuriated.

  1. Hobson's Choice Summary

    Hobson reveals his attitudes to women in this scene. He comments that he was grateful when his wife died because his life was quieter without her. Hobson also shows he has a high opinion of himself. He agrees with Jim when Jim tells him is the best debater in the Moonraker's Inn.

  2. Demonstrate, in detail, how the writer uses language effectively to represent Maggies character and ...

    The sympathy for Maggie is shifted to Ada because of Maggie abusive attitude towards her, Maggie doesn't even treat her like a normal human being. Maggie later says "she's born to meekness." This is continuing to be abusive to Ada maybe trying to have an argument with her, but Maggie knows that she will walk all over her.

  1. Hobson's Choice

    I leant with my side against a wall. I looked around, tears still streaming from my eyes. It was dark. That's all I could tell. "Sandra?" Someone was saying my name. "Sandra." I could tell it was Leanne, she must have followed me. "Go away." I murmured, "Leave me alone."

  2. Hobson's Choice - How does Brighouse represent the character os Maggie in Act One?

    Hobson is completely in awe of Mrs. Hepworth but at the same time, he treats Willie like a piece of meat just to reinforce his own self-importance. At one point Hobson even threatens to beat Willie every day until the love is gone from his body, but Willie actually has no love for Maggie at the time.

  1. Hobson's choice

    After the marriage between Maggie and Willie, Hobson's business goes bust and so he urges Willie to return. w*****s reply is they have to become partners if he returns, and the shop should be named 'William Mossop, late Hobson" but after an argument with Maggie he agrees to 'Mossop and Hobson'.

  2. What do you think of Maggie Hobson in the first act and how does ...

    she doesn't help out her family would be moneyless and Hobson's business would close down. Hobson is unkind to Maggie even after all the work and jobs that Maggie does for him. Hobson always turns to Maggie for help, for example, after he fell into the Beenstock cellar, he knows that he will get prosecuted.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work