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The Restoration of Charles II to the English throne occurred in 1660 and with it, a new sub-genre of theatre began: Restoration Comedy. Restoration comedies were often bawdy (see William...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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The Rover has several layers of significance. First, it is a tribute to King Charles II. After his father's execution and during the interregnum, a period of strict Puritan rule in the country,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2021, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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Behn was vehement in his concern that Renaissance women, as a result of social and legal limitations, were vunerable to both abuse and moral corruption. The play challenges the patterns of...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2007, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 1:43 am (UTC)

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One of the play's main themes is the relationship between love and marriage. At the time when Aphra Behn wrote the play—in Restoration England—marriage was largely seen as a social or religious...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018, 7:49 am (UTC)

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Willmore is a cavalier, which means that he is a royalist who is loyal to Charles II during the English Civil War. Willmore is a rover, which means that he travels from place to place on board a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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As a desirable courtesan, Angellica has granted her exclusive favors to many men in her time. But Willmore, the upper-class English officer, is different. For one thing, Angellica has fallen head...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021, 9:04 am (UTC)

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While the wayfaring playboy Willmore is a literal "rover" of the world who moves from port to port and lover to lover, Aphra Behn's title remains ambiguous regarding exactly which character it...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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One of The Rover’s main character is a courtesan, which is a single woman supported by men to whom she is not married. Although most of the play’s characters behave as though marriage is a desired...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020, 3:36 am (UTC)

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Behn's 1677 The Rover reflects the social situation at the time for British women. While some in England hoped the restoration of the monarchy after the death of Cromwell would liberate women from...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2020, 5:13 pm (UTC)

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In her humorous indictment of upper-class society, Aphra Behn satirizes the artifice and superficiality of the social conventions to which people pay lip service but rarely observe—especially in...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2019, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2014, 5:22 am (UTC)

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Let me answer this question by talking about one of the central and most important characters and then discussing how other characters relates to her. Florinda could be viewed as the heroine of the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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There are several possible ways to interpret Aphra Behn’s play, so an appropriate thesis for an essay about The Rover would depend on the writer’s interpretation. In satirizing numerous aspects of...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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One of the fascinating aspects of this play is the way that Behn used the aside so much to reveal the inner thoughts and fears of her characters. This is a definite aspect of the voice of the play,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011, 6:07 pm (UTC)

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If you ever understand the science of love and falling in love, you will make millions! No one can make themselves fall in love with someone he/she doesn't; by the same token, you can't make...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2011, 10:07 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure what you mean by "unity of time," but The Rover does take place over the course of one day. The play is set in Spain on the eve of Carnival, or the feast before Easter (which...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2007, 5:29 am (UTC)

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Yes, Behn celebrates Wilmore. The primary way is that he isn't really punished. He's got all kinds of qualities that should qualify him as a villain, someone who the plot should work out badly for....

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008, 9:42 am (UTC)

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This may be a tough--and/or expensive--find for you. There is a filmed version of Aphra Behn's Restoration play, The Rover, in existence, but it is not an easy movie to find; whether it is a motion...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2008, 8:30 am (UTC)

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In my mind, there are two issues at hand here. Does the fact that the play was written by a female playwright that enjoyed success constitute a fulfillment of feminist principles? At the same...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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As Angelica's portrait is unveiled and the terms of her "bargain" are revealed, the male characters in this scene are reduced to petty squabbling as they try and do their best to vie for Angelica's...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2013, 8:52 am (UTC)

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Note: formatting shown here is not necessarily exact, because of word processor limitations. Always check a guide such as OWL at Purdue for exact formatting. Citation from the eNotes study guides...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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This may surprise you, but my favorite character is Angellica Bianca. Her situation is so heartbreaking. She has made the best deal she can with her society; she has traded her beauty and her...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007, 10:15 am (UTC)

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