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Why do many critics believe that Hellena is the Rover rather than Wilmore?

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argyle17 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2008 at 10:37 PM via web

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Why do many critics believe that Hellena is the Rover rather than Wilmore?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Broadly speaking, there are two reasons why critics might think that Hellena is the rover who gives the play its title. The first is internal to the play: Hellena roves more widely from her assigned course than anyone else. Wilmore takes few social risks with his actions and attitudes; Hellena risks much. The second is historical/biographical; Hellena makes independent choices somewhat similar to Behn's own, and so one might think that Behn might make such a character the namesake of the play.

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zourpatchkid | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2011 at 1:16 AM (Answer #2)

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Because as wilmore wants to experience life and love before actually being turned into a nun critics think that that is the reason why she is the rover instead of Wilmore who is simply just a playboy

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