What are the main themes in The Rover by Aphra Behn?
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 custom, or perhaps a kind of glorified business transaction between aristocratic families. Love seldom, if ever, entered into the equation.
Hellena and Willmore are unusual in this regard in that they want to get married for love. They are both very much free-spirits and always follow their hearts rather than the dictates of established convention. But of course, there are...
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