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

Trace the development of Willie Mossop throughout the course of the play. Include the relevant points from each act and try to back up your points with quotations from the text.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Trace the development of Willie Mossop throughout the course of the play. Include the relevant points from each act and try to back up your points with quotations from the text. 'Hobson's Choice' is set in a Bootmakers shop in Victorian England. At this time women were not thought as equals to men and women were not thought to be business-like, but this play defies these facts, as Hobson's daughter, Maggie, a middle class businesswoman runs, the shop and is full of ambition. She certainly knows what she wants in life but this is not what you would expect for a stereotypical Victorian woman. Willie Mossop, Hobson's boothand is quite the opposite from Maggie, as at the beginning of the play Willie is a weak character, very unambitious, very content man. Willie is uneducated, he cannot read or write as he is only a working class citizen, but all this soon changes. Throughout the play we see Willie's character develop into an educated business-like man full of ambition, and this is down to Maggie, as she notices his potential and marries him. At the end of the play we see Willie as a definitely changed man, in every respect possible. ...read more.

Middle

We know this as he says, "Yes Maggie, I'm resigned! You're growing on me lass, and I'll toe the line with you!" This is the second time in the play we see Willie make a decision for himself, but this decision is important as the rest of his life depends on this decision. This proves that Willie is a slightly stronger character but the marriage is still just a business proposition. Despite the fact that Willie is now able to make decisions for himself he is still a rather humble character as Vicky asks Willie if he has got the rings and Maggie replies, "I have. Do you think I trust him to remember?" This shows us Maggie still takes charge of everything and does not trust Willie to do anything. Act Three is set later the same day after the couple have got married and everybody is at Maggie and Willie's for the after wedding party, apart from Hobson. Willie decided to make a speech this shows how much his reading has improved, although he is still in Maggie's shadow as when Willie is making the speech Maggie has to correct him, "generous" she says when he forgets the word he is looking for. ...read more.

Conclusion

His terms were that they would only move back if Willie owns half of Hobson's shop and Hobson is a silent partner. He even says he cannot refuse because Willie owns a business that is starving Hobson's to death, as Willie says, "Me that's the owner of a business that's starving yours to death" Willie even stands up to Maggie because Willie wants the sign above the shop door to read, 'Mossop and Hobson' but Maggie disagrees. So Willie says, "Its Mossop and Hobson or its Oldfield Road for us, Maggie!" Eventually Maggie gives in, just proving that now she is the weaker character and Willie is the stronger, more dominant one, and in Victorian England it was thought that that was how it should be. At the end of the act Willie proves that he still wants continue in his successful career by moving to St Anne Square the street where all the upper class citizens shop, Willie says to Maggie, "Its no further from Chapel Street to Saint Anne's Square than it is from Oldfield Road to Chapel Street." Finally when you look at Willie's character in detail throughout the play you can see the drastic improvement in him, he is confident, bright, strong and no longer a farcical character. He is definitely now a stereotypical Middle Class Victorian businessman that Maggie knew one day he would be. Rebecca Gale ...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 Summary

    Whilst Hobson sees Willie as a 'workhouse brat', Maggie sees him as her 'best chance' to escape her Salford life. Maggie achieves a personal and business equality with Will. Parenting Both Hobson and Jim Heeler have ruled, or tried to rule, their children - 'they mostly do as I bid

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

    Maggie orders Ada out of the shop saying she had no business there which is very harsh considering she has just robbed her soon to be husband. Maggie asks Willie is he afraid of Ada's mother, fear is the key emotion in the play and Maggie is trying to help

  1. Hobson's Choice

    I liked German. I was just rounding the corner to go upstairs when I heard voices. I recognised one of them straight away - it was Miss Morrison. God she'd been on my case all day, although, granted, she was probably told that I had skipped lessons.

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

    Her visit to Hobson's shop gives us an insight into how the rich lived. Hobson says, "Mrs Hepworth's getting out of her carriage." The fact that Mrs Hepworth could afford to own a carriage shows us that she must have been very wealthy.

  1. By the end of the play Will is not the likeable lad he was ...

    Maggie follows him. He is not aggressive, but he is prosperous and has self-confidence. Against Alice and Vickey he is consciously on his mettle' Maggie is following Will now, not the other way around. Even though he appears to be full of confidence, he is on guard when it comes to Alice and Vickey.

  2. In Act 2 when Alice tells Maggie " I don't know what your aiming ...

    Maggie certainly doesn't employ any romance or flattery of any kind. She is quite the opposite. She tells Will that apart from making boots, " You're a natural born fool at all else." On the subject of Ada Figgins, who Will is currently taken too, she tells Will that if

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

    I think that Albert is scared of Mr. Hobson and so wants to get out of the shop, so goes along with what Maggie wants him to do instead of arguing. Maggie does have a good side though. The things that she does are for other people's good.

  2. Discuss the character of Willie Mossop in "Hobson's Choice". What advice would you give ...

    William Mossop a lanky fellow. Aged about 30 years. Willie is not naturally stupid but is " stunted mentally by a brutalized childhood." Willie clothes are mentioned as "a poorer edition of Tabby's." When Willie comes up the trap door like a rabbit he is praised by Mrs. Hepworth, "these are the best made pair of boots I've ever had."

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