Role and Character Analysis of Young Charles Marlow In She Stoops to Conquer
Young Charles Marlow
Marlow is a scholar with many good qualities who "is designed for employment in the service Every father is always proud of a son with good qualities.
Promising young man who comes to the country to woo the Hardcastles' pretty daughter, Kate. His coming to Mr Hardcastle's home after his son is to ensure nothing goes wrong with the marriage proposal. He is quite pleased with the union of his son and his friend's daughter. Demonstrates 18th century practice of parents' involvement in the choice of marital part need.
His only drawback is that he is extremely shy around refined young ladies, although he is completely at ease and even forward with women of humble birth and working-class status. The central and pivotal male character in the play, used by playwright Goldsmith to satirize England's preoccupation with, and overemphasis on, class distinctions. Marlow is sophisticated and has travelled round the world Around lower-class women Marlow is a lecherous rogue, but around those of an upper-class card he is a nervous, bumbling fool. Marlow is brash and rude to Mr castle, owner of "Liberty Hall" (a reference to another site in London), whom Marlow believes to be an innkeeper. Possessed of a strange contradictory character, wherein he is mortified to speak to any "modest" woman, but is lively and excitable in conversation with barmaids or other low-class women. However, Marlow's redeeming qualities make him a likeable character, and the audience tends to root for him when he becomes the victim of a practical joke resulting in mix-ups and mistaken identities
Because Marlows rudeness is comic, the audience is likely not to dislike Thus, interview with Kate exploits the man's fears, and convinces Miss she will have to alter her persona drastically to make a relationship with the man possible. The character of Charles Marlow is very similar to the description of Goldsmith himself as he too acted "sheepishly" around women of a higher class
than himself, and amongst "creatures of another stamp" acted with the most confidence.