What are the main themes in "The Rover", by Aphra Behn?

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One of the major themes of "The Rover" is the incredibly limited set of options available to women of the time since they were regarded as property of their fathers until they were married off or sent to a convent and then property of their husbands or the church once they were assigned a role.

Another theme is that of prostitution and the way that it changed throughout the years according to the laws and enforcement of the time.  There were times when the practice was almost totally illegal and led to serious penalties and others when it was almost celebrated by the nobility of the time and so very much tolerated elsewhere.