A Shift in the Balance of Power Between the Generations and the Sexes Throughout Hobsons Choice

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A Shift in the Balance of Power Between the Generations and the Sexes Throughout Hobsons Choice

The stereotypical view of that period was that men had more power compared to women. Whether it was a father or a husband they had a more powerful status. The women were seen as the weaker sex and second class citizens this is portrayed by Jim, " a woman's foolishness begins where a mans leave's off."

Women had a very homely image also. Children of this period were to be seen and not heard and faded into the background and were punished for speaking out.

In 'Hobsons choice' the typical family power are carried out by Hobson and other minor roles such as Jim who says, "its steel in a mans
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They rely on their looks to get through life. Even though they answer back to their father, this would be shown on stage as the stage directions tell is Vickey "is anxious to resume her reading." It shows she is not interested in her father and wants to carry on with her own thing. This is unlike the stereotypical power in a 1880's relationship. Hobson still has power over them. We think Alice and Vickey are a hassle for Hobson and this is why he is marrying them off against their will.

Alice and Vickey think of their father as bad tempered. But still try to get round him but eventually give up, as they know he will never back down. Whereas Maggie could argue with Hobson forever until he would be stuck for words. On stage the audience would see this as the stage directions as "he drives Alice and Vickey before him. They go out protesting loudly. But Maggie stands in his way as he follows and she closes the door. She looks at him from the stair." This shows a power struggle between Hobson and Maggie. The audience would be able to see the power beginning to shift.

Even though all of Hobson's daughters give him cheek and disobey him every now and again they still have a great deal of respect for him.

Hobson has a lot of control over what Alice and Vickey do. Even in their clothing. " We shall dress fashionably father" but they know Hobson will not have them dressed like