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.