Social Issues And Comedy Of Hobsons Choice

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G.C.S.E English Literature Coursework Assignment 19th Century drama Hobson's Choice-Harold Brighouse Hobson's choice is a Lancashire comedy. Shows how Brighouse structures the play whilst emphasising the comedy.Harold Brighouse deals with many social issues in the play. The first issue that is presented deals with class. Mrs. Hepworth is upper class, which is shown as she has her very own carriage and she is rich so she has no need to work. Hobson is very obsequious towards Hobson Mrs Hepworth for example Hobson went on his knees and said 'very glad to have the honor of serving you' (Act 1 page 10) Mrs Hepworth asks to speak with Willie the maker of her shoes. She praises Willies ability and makes him more clearly a business idea 'the shape of a man' and asks him to read something but Willie cannot read. Later on in the play Willie rises from a small-uneducated working class man into a respected middle class educated man. An issue towards Hobson is alcoholism, which is a serious problem for him like when he had a lot to drink and on the way home he fell down a manhole. He even started to hallucinate like when he saw the rabbit, which could only be shown in the play and shows comedy in Hobson's alcoholism. The more he drank the more ill he got. He cannot recognize the problem but sees it as 'Reasonable refreshment' (Act 4 page 66) . When finally he had to stay at home with a doctor checking up on him, as well as he had to stop drinking immediately. Dr Macfalane told Hobson that he had chronic alcoholism. Hobson wanted to be looked after by Maggie and knows it will entail his teetotalism. A central theme in the play deals with the emancipation of women. Hobson is a mean unwilling man and Maggie disagrees with Hobson as well as she doesn't listen to him when he acts like he is in charge. For example when she told Hobson 'Its an hour off dinner time' (Act 1 page 4) then Hobson said 'I wont have it do you here that' (Act 1page 4) Hobson wants to get rid of his daughters Alice and Vicky because they cost him too much. Hobson doesn't want Maggie married off instead he wants her to work in his shop.But Maggie has her own plans to marry Willie for she thinks the two of them could make a great...

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