Aphra Behn, The Rover: Carnival

Lesson Rationale

These activities allow students to explore how Aphra Behn uses character types and tropes associated with carnival in The Rover. Students can relate this to the play’s context of production, and to comic theories relating to the carnivalesque.

Key questions

  • How is the tension between Lent and Carnival embodied in the character of Hellena?
  • How does the play use religious language?
  • How is disguise deployed as a dramatic device and what relevance does it have to the play’s plot?
  • How does the character of Blunt represent the darker side of the play’s carnival spirit?