One of the elements that Goldsmith highlights
is appearance or behavior.
Today we believe that one’s behavior does not
indicate who someone is yet many characters
in the play are blinded to a character’s
Marlowe and Hasting treat Mr. Hardcastle
cruelly because they think him the landlord of
an inn, and confused by his behavior, which
Throughout the play the characters assume
that they understood someone’s behavior but
actually it’s not like that.
Class Based Mentality
The Play is not exactly focusing on the
class, yet the theme is based upon it.
The decisions that the characters make
are based on what class they are.
i.e. Tony openly loves a low class people
but Marlow must hide his love for Kate
as he thinks she is a poor barmaid who
belongs to good family but no fortune.
There are several characters who are money conscious.
i.e. Marlow, Constance & Mrs. Hardcastle.
Marlow doesn’t reveal his feelings for Kate because of her poverty
and her lack of dowry if he marries her.
Constance doesn’t want to ran away with her admirer because she
knows if she will ran away , she will not be given her heritage.
Mrs. Hardcastle doesn’t want to let Constance marry except her
own son Tony, so that she keep the jewels of Constance to herself.
Importance of Money
This play shows Goldsmith’s desire to
reintroduce the audience to the “Laughing
Comedy” that derived from a long history of
comedy which laughs at the human vices.
This type of comedy stands in contrast with
the “Sentimental Comedy” of his time which
praised virtues and reinforced bourgeois
Goldsmith and Sheridan were first who wrote
against sentimental comedy.
Their main aim is to give a pure laughter to