Satire in She Stoops to Conquer
Satire on Comedy: Throughout the play, Goldsmith satirizes the contemporary comedy prevalent in 18th-century theater. He argues for the light-hearted nature of the laughing comedy by mocking the sentimentalist philosophy that attempts to make audiences cry rather than laugh.
Broader Satire: Goldsmith also satirizes other aspects of English society, including romantic love. Through the flipping of gender roles in the courtship between Marlow and Miss Hardcastle, Goldsmith satirizes the romance and marriage market of the day.