Homework Help

Compare the rivals in "She Stoops to Conquer."

user profile pic

rokel | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM via web

dislike 1 like

Compare the rivals in "She Stoops to Conquer."

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 7, 2008 at 11:07 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Marlow and Hastings are both "unsuitable suitors" but in different ways. Marlow is the more honest of the two but incurably bashful and awkward around women. His good looks and scolarly bent don't tempt Kate because she considers he has the makings of a jealous husband.

Hastings, the more jovial and colourful character of the two, has more posh and charm but lacks the moral virtues of his friend. He is willing to resort to deceit if it means he can get his lady. 

For a more detailed profile of these and other characters in this play,  check out the reference below.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes