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How does Aphra Behn's The Rover compare with George Etherege's The Man of Mode in relation to gender roles?

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Both The Rover and The Man of Mode are perfect examples of English Restoration comedy, also called comedy of manners. Restoration comedy was especially known for being sexually explicit and satirized issues of social classes, using scandals to drive the plot forward. Restoration comedy also made use of stock characters and satirized gender roles, as we can see in both plays. While both certainly portray some aspects of gender roles as the same, there are also some differences.

One difference can be seen with respect to which gender is given the more dominant role in either play. In The Rover, despite the play's title, it's actually the women who drive the plot forward and have the more dominant role, giving them a gender role even commonly seen in Shakespeare. As even seen in Shakespeare, women have the gender role of manipulating situations

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