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.