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Aphra Behn's "Rampant Lion of the Forest"
Mohammed Sagheer Ahmed Al-fasly, Ph. D. Scholar
Rachel Bari, Ph.D.
Aphra Behn 1640-1689

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Mohammed Sagheer Ahmed Al-fasly, Ph. D. Scholar
Rachel Bari, Ph.D.
Aphra Behn's "Rampant Lion of the Forest" 697
This article intends to analyze the character of Willmore, Behn's controversial character.
Willmore is the hero, the rake and the rover of Behn's play, The Rover. The Rover or The
Banished Cavaliers (1677) is a popular Restoration comedy. The rover in the play is Willmore,
and Willmore refers to Charles II, the King. The subtitle "Banished Cavaliers" is a clear
reference to Charles II's exile to France. Beach affirms, "This playful historical revision of the
exile must have appealed directly to Charles II for a number of reasons, including the fact that he
was well known as a lover of both boats and sailing" (12). Also, the last part of Belvile's
statement that Willmore is "a rover of fortune, yet a prince aboard his little wooden World"
(5.1.492-3) is a reference to the exile of Charles II. In the play, Willmore is presented as if he is
spending his time running after women. Behn intelligently presents him in this image which is
considered a metaphor for Charles II who is lecherous. Furthermore, The Rover part I ends in an
ambiguous resolution; we do not know whether Willmore will succeed in his marriage or not!
Yet, The Rover part II opens in a way where he recollects his wife Hellena who died in a voyage.
This means that Willmore will not get children, so he returns to his old habit of searching for
prostitutes. This is an innuendo implicitly linking it to the real story of Charles II who has no
heir, and because of that the future of the kingdom will be as ambiguous as the marriage of
Willmore. Furthermore, Behn intends to tell the audience that Willmore is a rake and a careless
character; and yet he could not be questioned in his loyalty to his friends in particular, and his
country in general. In addition, he is kind, loyal, and brave as Charles the King.
Willmore in the eyes of his friends
Scholars are wondering why Behn has nominated Willmore to be the rover in spite of his
controversial personality. In addition to his reckless behavior, his family, work and residence are

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