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Are there any heroes or heroines within the play, "The Rover"? Who would you say is the...

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Posted May 6, 2008 at 5:23 AM via web

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Are there any heroes or heroines within the play, "The Rover"? Who would you say is the hero/heroine and why?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2008 at 8:30 AM (Answer #1)

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I would say that yes, there are heroes and heroines in The Rover, but that the play is complex, and all heroism must be understood within its political context. I find Hellena heroic. The limits this culture placed on women were so severe that to be a woman who pursues her own desires, who tastes freedom, if only for a brief time, and who allows her wit to shine, to be a fine heroine. I suspect Behn feels the same way, since she had Don Pedro approve of Hellena's marriage.

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