Is The Rover a feminist play?  If so, how is it portrayed?

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The Rover or The Banish’d Cavaliers is a 1677 play by Aphra Behn. The action explores the amorous relationships and adventures of a group of English men and women in Naples during Carnival. While the word feminist and the theory of feminism was not present at the time the play premiered, there is distinctly a feminist reading to the play, specifically consistent with first-wave feminism. The genre of the play is referred to as Restoration comedy, which followed the prohibition of public plays in Puritan society. The genre encourages the use of crass language and sexually explicit plot points.

First-wave feminism promoted the idea that men and women should be equal under the law and have the same opportunities in their careers. The female playwright, Aphra Behn, is one of the first women to earn money as a playwright.

Secondly, the plot of the play focuses on a group of women who, in many ways, act like men. In previous plays, women were written as the object of men’s desires and were...

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