Ryan Balchin January 2003
`Hobson’s Choice` by Harold Brighouse
Why are the characters of Maggie and Will popular with a modern audience?
`Hobson’s Choice` written in 1914 but set further back in the 1880’s, is a comedy, based around the battle of wills between Hobson, a hard-headed and domineering cobble and his daughter Maggie, who defies him by marrying his most talented worker, Will. She helps Will to develop his potential and together try to turn the tables on Hobson himself as it is not expected for Maggie and Will to do so.
Maggie is an independent and strong woman, who wants to escape form her greedy father to make a new start in life. At the beginning of the play Hobson believes that Maggie is too old to marry and he wants to keep her in the business, as she is good at her job
“Maggie’s to useful too part with,
And she’s abit on the ripe side for
Marrying is our Maggie”
She decides to prove her father wrong.
In the 1880’s it is normal for a women to have an arranged marriage done by their fathers and would marry into a high class family so they can have a happy and wealthy life, and as Maggie’s father does not want her to marry she goes and finds herself her own husband to spend the rest of her life with, Hobson’s shoe maker Will Mossop, all in a business arrangement as they both are getting paid not enough for their work at Hobson’s.