Topic of the Week

January 31, 2000 

Is The Rover a Failure?

 Some think that Aphra's Behn's play, The Rover, is ruined by the character Angellica Bianca. They argue that she is too tragic for a comedy and creates problems of plot and characterization that Behn is unable to solve. They think that by the end of the play her character, which was complex and compelling, is reduced to a stereotype of the scorned woman. What do you think? Does she wreck the play?

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