Hobson's Choice

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Do you feel sorry for Hobson?
Financially stable- Due to business.
Upper middle-class man.
Owns a shop.
Regular drinker.
Likes to think he has authority and power.
Selfish, arrogant, proud man.
Gives daughters a political speech- Empty words & Empty gestures.
Cowers in front of higher class; Mrs. Hepworth
Hobson is a Father and he has raised all three daughters without any support after the
death of their mother. He has played the role of both the mother and father.
He is old aged and more vulnerable, so his daughters should be there to support him.
He has no independence as he always relies and turns to Maggie.
All three of his daughters turn against him immediately, which is a sudden shock to him
as he did not know anything about what they were planning to do.
After Maggie's departure he loses the foundation of his business as she was the one
who ran it successfully.
He has to put his pride and class aside to accept Will, who is of a lower class; this is a
surprise because he is an arrogant man so he must have fought with himself to do this.
He is rebuked by an upper class woman who has more authority, Mrs Hepworth, in his
own shop.
"Hobson's Choice." the title suggests that he has a choice, but in fact he doesn't
because he has to adapt to the changes made because of his daughter's decisions.
To drown his sorrows he turns to alcohol as the only solution to feel better.
Hobson is too proud and arrogant.
He uses Maggie for his own benefit which shows he is a very selfish man who doesn't
care about what his daughter wants.
He is constantly calling Maggie an "old maid, " this is to discourage her to get married
so he can keep her to continue running the business.
He cares more about his status in society rather than his daughters' happiness.
He holds high expectations of his daughters, yet he does nothing for them.
He pretends to run the business whereas he has no input, Maggie is the reason why it
is such a success but yet he doesn't give her the credit.
He acts like a political leader when talking to his daughters when he is supposed to act
like a father of three.
At Moonrakers he blames his fall on his daughters. He avoids his responsibilities as a
father and business, which leads to him facing the consequences of the lack of acting
upon his tasks.
He drinks alcohol to hide from reality because he knows that he is wrong.
He never appreciated his wife and know that his daughters are turning against him he
finally realises how lucky he was to have a wife who would've supported him. He's
ungrateful as he sees his daughters in a negative light.
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As a group we do not feel sorry for Hobson. Hobson is a business man (or is suppose to
be) the business is in his name, however he takes no responsibility for the business
instead he depends and relies on Maggie, his eldest daughter. How can Hobson who is
suppose to be in charge of the business have no input into the business, how can he
expect to be successful.
Hobson contradicts himself he says `I stand for common sense...…read more

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Strong character
Determined- she knows what she wants
Has large impact on those around her
Good business woman
Has responsibility of wife, mother and shop owner- prone to be bossy
Honest- to the point
Cares for sisters
Does not care about class system
Not typical woman of time- women had no rights, had to stand up for herself
(modern-day feminist)
Maggie's situation:
Hobson uses Maggie when he loses his wife.…read more

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Ever since their mother passed away, Maggie has automatically taken on this
motherly role, therefore she can be very bossy with her younger sisters. "You're to
kiss him hearty now"
"Number eights from the third rack, Vicky, please."
She does not see anything wrong in ordering her sisters about, as she is the eldest.
"A half of five hundred pounds a piece for them to make a start on"
Here we see that Maggie only acts the way she does for her sisters.…read more

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Does not care about class, status, marries Will who is beneath her
Determined and single-minded, she has plans for her future and makes them happen
Good sales woman.…read more

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A boot maker at Hobson's Boot Shop
Lower class, "Work house brat", Illiterate
"I'm not ambitious that I know off". - He has no thought of improving himself and
would be feared to go as a bootmaker in one of the "big shops in Manchester".
The first individual to recognise Willie's talent is Mrs Hepworth, `these are the best
made pair of bootd I've ever had'. She is an influential character, and to receive a
compliment from her was such a shock.…read more

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Me that's the owner of a business that is starving yours to
Even though Willie gets the terms he wants ­ Hobson to have a half share in the
business but to take no part in running it ­ he still remains a likeable character. "I'm
afraid I bore on him too hard." It is Maggie who won't let him have his way over the
name on the shop-board though.…read more

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In Act 1, Willie is portrayed as a shy, talented and illiterate employee of Hobson, `not
naturally stupid but stunted by a brutalized childhood.' His abusive childhood has had a major
impact on Willie and if this had not affected him, his life would have been very different.
The first individual to recognise Willie's talent is Mrs Hepworth, `these are the best
made pair of bootd I've ever had'. As she is an influential character, to receive a compliment
from her was such a shock.…read more

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Play is set in Lancashire, and so the characters converse in straightforward, plain speech,
as is the custom there. The Lancashire speech of the characters is evident in their speech,
e.g. "I'm feeling awkward, like".
Language in the play is quite powerful, and very direct. Lancashire accent and tone is
seen most in the speech of Will Mossop, such as when he says "I've got wrought up to
point" which shows his roots.…read more

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Steadfast and level headed, Maggie has been running Hobson's business for him all of
her life.
Admired by fellow businesswoman Mrs Hepworth, and borrows money from her too,
which means that her reputation as a businesswoman must be very good- strong
Immediately notices potential in Will, unlike her father and so snaps him up.
Maggie sees her ambitions through in giving Will an education and sees a rise in their
business.…read more


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