The Rover Essay

305 WordsFeb 27, 20122 Pages
To the characters (and economic class) in The Rover, marriage seems to be a tool or a casual arrangement rather than a union of intimacy between two people. Married life is presented as either an arrangement made to allow women to be promiscuous while still being viewed as “respectable ladies,” or a social contract entered into to elevate ones financial or socio-economic status. Florinda presents the female’s position in marriage in the very first scene in lines 20 to 23, “With indignation; and how near soever my father thinks I am to marrying that hated object, I shall let him see I understand better what’s due to my beauty, birth, and fortune, and more to my soul that to obey those unjust commands.” In other words, Florinda thinks that she can “do better” and that she is pretty enough, well bred enough, and lucky enough that she should be able to attract (or lure, or bargain with) a husband who is wealthier or higher class. Wilmore’s attitude towards marriage is even more cavalier than most people of the period. This is made clear when in Act four, scene two Wilmore states, “If it were possible I should ever be inclined to marry, it should be some kind young sinner." In other words, Wilmore enjoys being single too much to marry, but if he did, he would want to marry someone with as few virtues as himself. Wilmore’s attitude towards marriage seems to suggest that marriage is not a commitment, but rather, marriage is an “arrangement” for two people with equally indecent attitudes towards marriage, sexuality, and monogamy. Overall, Wilmore attitude towards marriage is noy unique, but a general representation of shared attitudes towards marriage within his socio-economic class during the time period in which The Rover is

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