What is the character analysis of Willmore from Aphra Behn's 'The Rover'?

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Willmore is a male character that exemplifies not only male chauvinism, but also the male sex drive. In this, even his name is significant. He “wills more,” regardless of how many he has had.


Willmore’s focus is on the amount of conquests that he can achieve in his lifetime. As such, his greatest victory might be assumed to be the heart of Hellena, who is about to join a convent.


The reader gets the sense that Willmore does not so much care for the hearts of his female conquests than he does for the amount of hearts he can conquer. In this, he is the stereotype of the male sex drive, which focuses only on number of conquests without any emotion.


He also clearly does not consider any of this as morally reprehensible, as today’s reader might. Instead, the reward of his effort is the ultimate prize of Hellena’s heart.



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