The Development of William Mossop's Character in Hobson's Choice

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The Development of William Mossop’s Character in Hobson’s Choice

William Mossop started off as a lodger lodging with Ada Figgins. He was shy and had no ambitions working at Hobson’s shoe shop at the bottom of the chain. At the end of the play he was ambitious, married and the joint owner of Hobsons shop.

The audience sympathises with Willie the first time he appears on stage because he ‘only comes half way up the trap door’. This is because of his social standing and he feels that he is not worthy to speak to Hobson and the ‘upper class people’. As the play progresses
Willie acquires a greater sense of confidence. This is shown when
Willie begins to speak more and is further educated and more self-assured. Willie also gets
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Furthermore, in the middle of the play Hobson accepts Willie and
Maggie’s marriage. He exclaimed accepts the fact that Maggie and
Willie are married but then goes on to say, ‘Maggie, you’ve had your way and done what you wanted, I’m none the prouder of your choice and
I wont lie and pretend I am’. To this point it seems that Hobson is not content and has no intentions of speaking to them again. However, proceeds to say, ‘but I’ve shaken your husbands hand and that’s a sign for you, the milks split and ill not cry’. Willie has now returned to his initial opinion and it seems he has approved of the wedding even though he doesn’t endorse the idea.

Later on in the play Hobson has a word with Willie with and pronounces
‘you’re the best of the bunch, a backward lad but you no your trade and it’s an honest one. This gives Willie additional confidence.
Willie visits the local pub, ‘The Moonrakers’ on a daily basis with his friends even though the doctor has told him that he has ‘drunk himself within six months of an early grave’. The doctors’ advice to
Hobson is to ‘stay out of the pub and to get a woman back into the house and to take the doctors prescription’. Hobson replies by saying
‘I’m particular to what I put into my stomach’ and ‘you ask me to give up my reasonable refreshment’.

After the doctor has spoken to Hobson about getting Maggie back she walks in. She came because Tubby told her that Hobson is ‘seriously ill’. The doctor notifies

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