When one reads Oroonoko, one can tell that Behn’s phrasing is very particular and each phrase serves the novel in a different way. An interesting concept that Behn uses regarding the style of her novel is the voice of the narrator. Havin...
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... this time period. In the 17th century, class and superiority was very much intertwined with race and color.
In conclusion, when one looks at the context of Oroonoko, the themes of gender inequality, class, and colonialism are all exceedingly pertinent for the culture and society of the 17th century. All three of these themes are also intertwined with one another as well. Oroonoko provides a refreshing perspective apart from many novels of the 17th century. Rather than defending the British who had tricked Oroonoko, Behn tells the story from the perspective of Oroonoko and Imoinda.
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, The Rover, and Other Works, (London: the Penguin Group , 1992), 75-141.
Corrinne Harol, ‘The passion of Oroonoko: passive obedience, the royal slave, and Aphra Behn's Baroque realism.’, Journal of English Literary History, 79:2 (2012), 447-75
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