Role and Character Analysis of all Character in She Stoops to Conquer
Role and Character Analysis of Sir Charles Marlow In She Stoops to Conquer
Sir Charles Marlow
A minor character and the father of Young Marlow; also a friend of Mr Hardcastle. Arespectable and aristocratic fellow from the town who believes his son is of very modest character. He follows his son, a few hours behind. Unlike his son, he does not meet Tony Lumpkin in the Three Pigeons, and thus is not confused. He is an old friend of Mr Hardcastle, both of them once having been in the British military.. Sir Marlow enjoys the follies of his son, but does not understand these initially. However, he is quite upset when his son treats Kate as a maid.
Every father is always proud of a son with good qualities. 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 partners
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.
Role and Character Analysis of Mr Hardcastle In She Stoops to Conquer
The patriarch of the Hardcastle family, and owner of the estate where the play is set. He is a middle-aged gentleman who lives in an old mansion in the countryside about sixty miles from London.
He despises the ways of the town, and is dedicated to the simplicity of country life and old fashioned traditions.
The father of Kate Hardcastle, who is mistaken by Marlow and Hastings as an innkeeper Hardcastle is a realist and a level-headed countryman who loves old" and hates the town and the "follies" that come with it. He is very much occupied with.the old times' and likes nothing better than to tell his war stories and to drop names, such as the Duke of Marlborough. into conversations, Hardcastle cares for his daughter Kate, but insists that she dresses plainly in his presence. It is he who arranges for Marlow to come to the country to marry his daughter.
Mr Hardcastle's love for the rustic life away from fashionable London, which he believes breeds "vanity and affectation" is portrayed. He may be stuffy, long
ded, and old-fashioned, but he affectionately humours his wifo, and oves his daughter, Kate. He wants the best for her, and in selecting a good husband for ber, his objective is not money or status, but her bappiness.
Hardcastle is a man of manners and, despite being highly insulted by Marlow s treatment ofhim. manages to keep his temper with his guest until near the end of the play,
To demonstrate Hardcastle's wealth of forgiveness as he not only forgives Marlow once be his realized Mariow's mistake, but also gives him consent to marry his daughter Portrays the 18th century marital practice. During this period, entirely arranged marriages were rare, but a young woman rarely had the right to select a husband entirely on her own. More customary was for the father to select the prospective husband, while the daughter had the right to accept or refuse him, In She Stoops to Conquer, Mr Hardcastle has selected Marlow, the son of an old friend, but he assures Kate he would never control her choice.
Role and Character Analysis of George Hasting In She Stoops to Conquer
A close friend of Charles Marlow and an admirer of Miss Constance Neville. while Marlow is busy with Kate, Hastings is busy with constance. A decent fellow who is willing to marry Constance even without her money. Hastings is also an educated man who cares deeply about Constance, with the intention of fleeing to France with her. However, the young woman makes it clear that she cannot leave without her jewels, which are guarded by Mrs Hardcastle, thus the pair and Tony collaborate to get hold ofthe jewels. When Hastings realizes the Hardcastle house is not an inn, he decides not to tell Marlow who would thus leave the premises immediately. True love does not thrive on material heritage. His companionship to Charles Marlow boosts Marlow's confidence in dealing with
Kate Tony accepts to help Hastings elope with Constance to erase Constance from his life and his mother's constant efforts to match him with Constance.
Role and Character Analysis of Tony Lumpkin In She Stoops to Conquer
son of Mrs Hardcastle by her first husband (Mr Lumpkin) and stepson to Mr Hardcastle. He is a mischievous, uneducated playboy and a very consumptive figure; a fat, ale-drinking young man who has little ambition except to play practical jokes and to visit the local tavern whenever be has a mind; frightens the maids and worries the kittens. Proves to be good-natured and kind despite his superficial disdain for everyone. do Mrs Hardcastle has no authority over Tony, and their relationship contrasts with that between Hardcastle and Kate.
Tony takes an interest in horses, "Bet Bouncer and especially the alehouse, where he joyfully sings with members of the lower-classes. When Tony comes of age, he will receive 1,500 pounds a year. His mother hopes to marry him to her niece, constance Neville, who is in line to inherit a casket of jewels from her uncle. Tony and Miss Neville despise each other It is Tony's initial ception of Marlow, for a joke, which sets up the plot Tony goes to great effort to help Neville and Hastings in their plans to leave the country because he despises her.
Tony's free-wheeling ways ofdrinking and tomfoolery is probably because of the huge inheritance that awaits him when he comes of age.
Role and Character Analysis of Mrs Dorothy Hardcastle
In She Stoops to Conquer
Mrs Dorothy Hardcastle
The matriarch of the Hardcastle family; wife to Mr Hardcastle and mother to Tony from an earlier marriage.
She coddles her son Tony, overprotects and loves him, but fails to tell him he is of age so that he is eligible to receive £1,500 a year, Unlike her husband, she yearns to sample life in high society. She also values material possessions and hopes to match her son (by her first husband) with her niece, Constance Neville, in order to keep her niece's inheritance in the family Mrs Hardcastle is a corrupt and eccentric character Her behaviour is.either over-the-top or far fetched, providing some of the play's comedy She is also partly selfish, wanting Neville to marry her son to keep the and that Constance is in Mobildespise each other, fact planning to flee to France with Hastings The vanity of Mrs Hardcastle is pronounced. Mrs Hardcastle is a contrast to her husband, which provides the bumourin the play's opening, loves the town, and is the only character that is not happy at the end of the play, Desperate material quest is likely to end up disastrously.
Role and Character Analysis of Miss Kate Hardcastle In She Stoops to Conquer
Miss Kate Hardcastle
Pretty daughter of the Hardcastles who is wooed by young Chates Marlow, she is called Miss Hardcastle" in the play. Kate respects her father, dressing plainly in his presence to please him Kale seeks in marriage a compatible and companionable husband, not money or status. in an effort to ascertain Marlow's true feelings, she pretends to be a barmaid to get him to announce that he loves her despite her low social position. intelligence and versatility she resembles such Shakespearean heroines as Viola in Twelfth Night and Roselaid in as you like it, Kate enjoys "French frippery" and the attributes ofthe town, much as her mother does.
When Charles Marlow mistakes woman her for the woman of the lowest class she allow him to continue to discover what he really thinks to mistake her identity, thus freeing his captive tongue so she discover what she really feels about her. She is Calculating and scheming, posing as a maid and deceiving Marlow, causing him to love with up her, Even though her father recommended Marlow to her, she investigates him herself to make mind and not because of the attractive wealthy background of Marlow. She is able to balance the "refined simplicity" of country life with the love of life associated with the town. The formal and respectful relationship that she shares with her father, contrasts with that between Tony and Mrs Hardcastle. Her conduct projects her as the quer heroine of the play.
In truth, Kate stands as the exemplary illustration of moderation, which the play seems to preach, Her foremost virtue in the world is liveliness, She wants to live and enjoy her life, a desire strict formality seems to exclude and so seeks to find in She worries that custom will force her into a and loveless marriage, this overly respectable gentleman, a man she might enjoy.
Role and Character Analysis of Miss Constance Neville In She Stoops to Conquer
Miss Constance Neville
Constance Neville, an orphan, is the niece and ward of Mrs Hardcastle (who holds Miss Neville's inheritance of jewels in her possession until she becomes
legally qualified to take possession of it)
and the cousin of Kate. Comely young lady who loves Hastings but is bedevilled by Mrs Hardcastle's schemes to match her with Tony. Her aunt, Mrs Hardcastle, wishes her to marry Tony Lumpkin, but Constance wants to marry Hastings.
Neville schemes with Hastings and Tony to get the jewels so she can then flee to France with her admirer, Miss Neville is projected as a focused and determined lady; she follows her heart and also insists on her legal inheritance without bowing to her aunt's wish to marry her cousin, Tony. Through Miss Neville, we are taught the value of liberty and compromises. Sometimes we may mean well for our wards in our intentions, when they come in conflict with their own desire we must not insist. Material greed in Mrs Hardcastle is signposted for scheming to match-make Tony and Neville because she is heir to a large fortune of jewels.
Role and Character Analysis of Diggory In She Stoops to Conquer
Hardcastle's head servant. Atalkative, likeable servant with poor table manners and a broad sense of humour. Mr Hardcastle attempts to teach Diggory and other field servants to serve at a formal table, with.comic results. Diggory also delivers the letter which tells Tony that Hastings needs fresh horses in order to el with Constance. Diggory serves as a useful ingredient in the comic menu Goldsmith presents in She stoops to conquer. The letter he delivers brings complications to the plot of the play. Constance must read the letter aloud in front of her aunt. Realizing its contents, Constance pretends to read, instead fabricating a story about gambling Tony's interest in gaming causes him to hand the letter to his mother, which spoils the secret elopement. The letter he delivers brings complications to the plot of the play. must read the aloud in front of her aunt. Realizing its contents, Constance pretends to read, instead fabricating a story about gambling. Tony's interest in gaming causes him to hand the letter to his mother, which ils the secret elopement.
Role and Character Analysis of Maid
In She Stoops to Conquer
Maid: Kate's servant. The woman who tells her that Marlow believed Kate to be a barmaid, which leads Kate towards her plan to stoop and conquer.
Role and Character Analysis of Landlord In She Stoops to Conquer
Landlord of the Three Pigeons Alehouse who welcomes Marlow and Hastings, and helps Tony to play his trick on them.
Role and Character Analysis of sir
In She Stoops to Conquer
Jeremy: Marlow's drunken servant. His drunken impertinence offends Hardcastle, which leads Hardcastle to order Marlow to leave.
Servants in the Hardcastle Household
Maid in the Hardcastle Household
First Fellow, Second Fellow, Third Fellow, Fourth Fellow: Drinking companions of Tony Lumpkin