Discuss the role of Eugene Marchbanks in Candida ?play of candida by bernard shaw

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Eugene Marchbanks fulfils the role of the anti-macho hero in the Play 'Candida' by George Bernard Shaw. He almost plays the part of acting as a foil to her husband, showing who, in reality, is the most needy. Eugene looks like the quintessential English Romantic poet with his eighteen year old youthful looks, needy endearing manner, poetic and literary interests and apparently sensitive and vulnerable personality - he cannot even seem to look after himself, being found sleeping rough and brought in out of the cold by Morel. At first this appeals to Morel's wife - until she realises that it is her own husband who is the more needy. Eugene's role is to bring her to this realisation. He is not the 'weakest' after all - his vulnerable appearance belies a confidence in his own talents - and shows up her husband's lack of them.