When Willie is asked by Maggie to leave the shop his response is “Not me. I’ve been at Hobson’s all my life, and I’m not leaving till I’m made.
” This shows his loyalty to Hobson. Maggie cannot stand this; she is much tougher and thinks it foolish. When Maggie proposes to Will, he is shocked and he says he is “Tokened to Ada Figgins.” Maggie thinks Ada is the “helpless sort” and she is so determined to marry Will that she stands up to Ada and pushes her away from marrying Will. Maggie represents the women’s campaign for equality; she asserts herself to marry Will and helps him stand up to Hobson at the end.Hobson represents the pressures of Maggie asserting herself. When she has an argument with him about marrying Will, Hobson “beats the love out of his body”, this causes Will to be come more secure and confident against Hobson.
He says, “If you touch me with that strap, ill take her quick, aye, and ill stick to her like glue. He then kisses her confidently right before Hobson, whilst he stands there watching in astonishment. All Hobson’s bad judgments and stupid acts contribute to Willie’s rise, and Hobson’s fall. This is why the hitting of Hobson to Willie is highly dramatic.Later on in the play, Hobson falls into Beenstocks cellar; this makes him give dowries to all of his daughters. One of the biggest dramatic devices in the play is Mrs. Hepworth. She shows Willie his potential, and Maggie develops it.
Mrs. Hepworth lends them money to start their business. Through all these incidents, Willie transforms from a humble, loyal worker into a manager of a successful shop. Hobson loses customers, and becomes lower down in society. This shows social mobility and class movement. Maggie is a powerful female and would have come across to the audience as highly shocking.
She actually has control over Will and her father is powerless over her.What makes Maggie what she is, is that she is way ahead of her time. Maggie is similar to Hobson in that she has a manipulative character as she can be seen here before her wedding, when she has everyone where she wants them; Willie being the master of the house, Hobson in the cellar etc. This play was written in 1916, and Maggie’s character really does fit in with the suffragists who kicked up a lot of fuss in the early 1900’s at the peak of industrial revolution. This play illustrates what at the time were groundbreaking ideas. Maggie’s outgoing and stubborn person shocks all the males surrounding Maggie and the audience at the time. She is convinced that she can marry, when everyone else believes she is past the marrying age. This would have been seen as very controversial at the time Brighouse wrote this play, and therefore contributes to the overall drama.
In the scene where Hobson falls into the cellars of Beenstock where they have sued him for spying on the company’s secrets, it is very ironic as only Maggie knows this and Hobson does not. She then takes matters in her own hands and lets the case be dealt with avoiding publicity. She then takes the other five hundred to help marry off her two sisters. This is where we see her setting her father straight. Because Hobson who is narrow-minded slips into alcoholism, this mainly contributes to the reversal of roles between him and Willie.
It causes Hobson to fall into the cellar, which is a very important dramatic action, which contributes to the fall of Hobson. Chain reactions of dramatic devices take place throughout the play. For example: – Because Hobson is a drunkard this ends up making him fall into the cellar which then results in him giving dowries to his daughters.
This instance shows the change of character, and their actions and the great power of dramatic devices. As the play moves on slowly the tables are turning round, until Willie ends up as a successful and articulate businessman who is extremely confident and Hobson -a business collaborate with a illness.