Patriarchal Pursuit

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There are a number of elements to my board game, which were designed to reflect both the Restoration time period, and the play The Rover by Aphra Behn. The game is called “Patriarchal Pursuit” and it was created as a fun and interactive way to understand societal and theatrical changes of the period, as well as the role of female characters in the play. Significant aspects of the board game include the purpose, question mark cards, the “Libertine Lockup” space, as well as the trap door. The purpose of the board game is for the players to see who can reach the finish first, while earning the most points. Female characters move around the board as their game is influenced by gender struggles. Patriarchal issues such as rape and authoritative male power, send them back in the game. In opposition to this, the players advance due to events in the play where women defy gender norms. Aphra Behn was England’s first female playwrite, and during the Restoration, society was beginning to become more accepting of women on stage. These advances were highlighted in the board game and are reflected in it’s objective. Berlasty 2 The play opens with Hellena and Florinda discussing men and marriage. This is different from other plays prior to this, which begin with male characters discussing women. As introduced in the beginning, The Rover focuses on female issues, and so this was the focus of my board game. In Resortation society, women began to excel as patriarchal ideals were abandoned. In the board game, players advance from parts of the play that are outside gender norms of the time. For example, there is a card that says: “Hellena convinces Willmore to marry her, collect 5 points.” Traditional to this time period, women were submissi... ... middle of paper ... ...r all the important characters in the play. The board was made visually appealing to make it fun and interesting for players to be engaged and entertained. It is a competitive and trying game, as was the Restoration period for women pursuing liberation in a patriarchal society. Berlasty 6 Various aspects of the board game were used to portray the historical period of The Rover, as well as emulate the plot of the play. The board game touches on themes of male dominance, changes to the Restoration stage, the advancement of women, and combines these concepts by incorporating quotes, and character analysis. Through the purpose, the question mark cards, the trap door, and the “Libertine Lockup” space, players are encouraged to drawing on themes, and the historical significance, of The Rover by Aphra Behn and the Restoration time period in a fun and enjoyable medium.
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