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Hobsons Choice Essay

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Maggie can be described as a: " A women of specific qualities." What aspects of the play verify this statement?In this play Hobson's Choice we have to discuss Maggie character and the ways in which she develops through the play. She has a huge impact on her Husband Willie, on her father Hobson and on her two sisters Vicky and Alice.Hobson owns a shoe shop in Manchester; his three daughters who do not get wages for their long hours run the shop. Maggie keeps the efficiency in her fathers shop because when a customer comes into Hobson's (her fathers shop) she makes them buy something. "Maggie, we know you're a pushing sales women." She always makes someone buy something, like when Albert Prosser came into the shop to see Alice, Maggie made him buy a pair of laces and she criticized his shoe and said he need new ones as he was a high class man in society.Maggie respected her father and sisters, even though she knew her father was outrageous sometimes, like once when he came in drunk from the Moonraker's pub and he said he wanted husbands for Alice and Vicky but not for Maggie. He says to her you are an old maid on the shelf at the age of thirty you are way past the marrying age. "You're past the marrying age. You're a proper old maid Maggie, if ever there was one." Hobson shows his domination by saying this to Maggie he also says to Vicky and Alice I will chose husbands for you (here he means high class people but not lawyer because he hates lawyers). He is a lazy idiot because all he does all day is go down to the pub, get drunk and comes home and has an argument with his children. He plays no part in running his own business; it's all left to his unfortunate daughters who do the job in running it, and Maggie helps to keep all the money coming into the business. This is reasserted when she leaves the shop and marries Willie Mossop the man in the shop who makes shoes, in the cellar of the shop. There is no business at Hobson's and Alice and Vicky sit in the shop and hope customers come in. "The high-class trade has dropped like a stone this last month. Of course we can go on making clogs for stock if you like."Maggie is a lady who does not give way to anybody or does not let anyone else takeover her life not even her father or husband Willie at first. She makes Willie marry her to show her father she is not an old maid at the age of thirty and she does not care about classes, she does not care that Willie is a low class person who works in her fathers shop for eighteen shillings a week. Also to verify that point she does not mind wearing a brass ring, she knows they can't afford much and she knows that's all they need to get married, a ring of some sort. She is a strong woman and when her father tells her sisters to get married then changes his mind Maggie says I don't allow people to change their minds. What kind of person can say that everyone has a right to change their minds if they have a justified reason. "I don't allow folks to change their...

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