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Samuel Johnson remarked that She Stoops to Conquer produced the great end of comedy— "making an audience merry." Unlike his novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, which did not enjoy much popularity until the nineteenth century, Goldsmith enjoyed an immense popularity with his play during his lifetime. The play is funny and amusing. However, like most drama, the audience has to suspend its disbelief for a spell. In She Stoops to Conquer, the reader may find it difficult to believe that a normal household can be mistaken for a common inn. The entire misunderstanding could have been resolved had Mr. Hardcastle introduced himself to the young man, Mr. Marlow. However, it is this misunderstanding and mistaken perception upon which the play revolves.
In this guide Mr. Watson makes assertions as fact that may be considered highly controversial. We have included the most notable examples below.
Kate and her father were able to compromise with the tension between city and country life, but there is no real reconciliation with the two life styles. Urban areas are parasites that drain the rural populations of food and workers. While rural societies can develop a culture with traditions due to their stability, urban populations cannot sustain a culture, but must borrow one from other sources. page 3
Because human government has the tendency to gravitate towards totalitarianism, the Southern republics insisted that a Bill of Rights be attached to the U.S. Constitution before they would ratify the document. The principles of liberty dictate that free men are responsible to ensure their own freedom and safety, and cannot rely on the armed forces or police officers to do it for them. Only slaves rely on someone else to care and to protect them [sic]. The current movement to disarm the citizens of the United States through gun control and through the negative press concerning militias is the desperate attempt to permit the central government to have uncontrolled power over individual citizens. Indeed, wicked governments fear armed citizens. page 5
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