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Subtle Criticism in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- Subtle Criticism in Oroonoko   In reading Oroonoko it might be easy to miss the criticism offered against the European culture. Upon studying the novel however, this criticism which had been presented subtly becomes quite clear. An important note is that the author and the narrator are not in fact the same. Although the author is out to provide a criticism of European culture and values, she is reluctant to let it come through the narrator. This critique comes through mainly in less direct forms, through her non-European characters, most often Oroonoko, and through comparisons between cultures and the characters encountered in each....   [tags: Behn Oroonoko Essays]

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European Colonialism and Imperialism in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- European Superiority in Oroonoko Throughout Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, we can see the comparison between European and African culture occurring in many places. In a majority of the imagery, Behn's attitudes can be seen behind the text weighing heavily toward portraying European characteristics as socially more admirable. Oroonoko's introduction acquaints us with a person so refined in every way as to be almost god-like. Every feature of this great warrior-prince is shown in detail to be the most beautiful one could hope to behold....   [tags: Behn Oroonoko Essays]

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Aphra Behn's Oroonoko – Slaughter of the Human Spirit

- Oroonoko – Slaughter of the Human Spirit  Aphra Behn introduces her characters in Oroonoko as beautiful people who possess a pure, innocent love.  Behn does this in an effort to make her readers feel and question.  Her poetic description of their emotions magnify the horror of the final scene.  Behn's romantic love story is brought to a tragic end through brutality and death.  Why did she choose such an ending?  Her decision to have Oroonoko take the life of his wife and unborn child leaves her audience questioning.  Was what they had love?  If not, what was it?  What had killed their innocence....   [tags: Behn Oroonoko Essays]

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Politics in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- Aphra Behn, an certainly woman, still attracts critical attention with her novella Oroonoko. The aim of this essay was to find out the political implications of Oroonoko. First, the significance of the main character, Oroonoko, and interpreting his possible symbolism. Second, how the political sympathies of the author, were expressed in the book through her presentation of characters and plot. And third, the treatment by the author of slavery and racial issues, as seen in the political context. Aphra Behn, the first Englishwoman to earn her living by writing, was noted for many of her works, among them Oroonoko, which Abrams calls "an important precursor to the novel" ....   [tags: Political Implications of Oroonoko]

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Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn

- Oroonoko is short literary novel, written in 1688 by Aphra Behn, which details the love story of two enslaved Surinam nobilities, who both meet their atrocious ends. Through her explicit analytical language she lets the English colonists know that the enslaved masses had a refined culture and ideological force that was incapable of being disregarded. Aphra Behn was innovative in her plight as being one of the foremost political female novelists of her time. Throughout her narrative she argues "centres on the problems of authority and representatively," and tries to incorporate the fact, "that the presence of the foreigner in our society turns the pronoun 'we' into an impossibility" (Grant p....   [tags: Oroonoko Essays]

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The Narrative Style of Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- Oroonoko is an intriguing and epic story of a young African prince who gets tricked into becoming a slave for a workers plantation written by the first professional woman author, Aphra Behn. As the story is told by the narrator (who the reader will presume to be the author Aphra Behn) the reader gets a sense of a first hand perspective from the narrator. This allows the reader to only get a perspective from the narrator's point of view. As the story is told to the reader, the narrator seems to favour or share sympathy with Oroonoko and even in some cases, throw in a biased opinion....   [tags: Oroonoko Essays]

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Aphra Behn's Oroonoko as the First Modern Novel

-     During the seventeenth century, the art of writing was like uncharted waters for women, in which most who ventured were rendered pathetically unsuccessful.  No matter the quality, publications written by women were typically ridiculed by their male contenders.  However, a handful of women defied the common standards and were prosperous; one of these was Aprha Behn.  Virgina Wolf says of Behn, "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."  Although she was a woman of outstanding accomplishments, one of her publications truly glistens.  Oroonoko (1688), the epic tale of a heroic black slave, has o...   [tags: Oroonoko Essays]

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Anti-colonization and Dehumanization in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- Anti-colonization and Dehumanization in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko In Oroonoko, Aphra Behn sheds light on the horrors of slavery and expansionism that Britain was conducting while assembling its overseas empire. Behn paints the majority of the white colonists as unmitigated illustrations of greed, dishonesty, and brutality. Through these depraved individuals, Behn regularly articulates the barbarism innate in British nature as opposed to the African prince Oroonoko, whom is conveyed as the quintisential model of nobility, physical prowness, and honor....   [tags: Oroonoko Slavery Analysis]

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The Novel Oroonoko By Aphra Behn

- The novel Oroonoko by Aphra Behn reveals a story about the popular business in the 1640s of the British slave trade. Shipments of slaves were sent off to a country in South America named Suriname where they worked on the rich sugar crop fields. In the novel, the main character, Oroonoko, was prince of an African country, Coramantien, and possessed qualities of a highly educated Englishman. Oroonoko’s life changed when he met the beautiful Imoinda who later is stolen by his grandfather and sent off to Suriname after a major conflict....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade]

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Oroonoko by Aphra Behn

- Originally published in 1688, Aphra Behn’s groundbreaking novel Oronooko remains a rich artifact for decoding the context and era in which it was written in. When Oroonoko had first been published, the basic concept of the novel as a writing technique was still in early experimental stages. Aphra Behn, though, through countless stylistic techniques and interwoven patterns, seamlessly wrote one of the earliest and most important novels of all time. This essay will elaborate upon such stylistic traits and patterns and further the reader’s understanding of not only the novel, but also what Oroonoko really said about the culture of the time period....   [tags: Literary Techniques, Writing Styles]

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Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn

- Aphra Behn’s novel, Oroonoko, gives a very different perspective on a slave narrative. Her characters embody various characteristics not usually given to those genders and races. Imoinda’s character represents both the modern feminist, as well as the subservient and mental characteristics of the typical eighteenth-century English woman. Oroonoko becomes an embodiment of what is normally a white man’s characteristic; he is the noble, princely, and sympathetic character that is not usually attributed to black men in general throughout most novels of slavery....   [tags: Slave Narrative, Literary Analysis]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Oroonoko, Behn ( 1997 )

- Bravery does not define heroism. Personally, I agree with the previous claim because acting courageously for egotistical reasons rather than for the benefit of a certain group is not a principle of heroes. In addition, heroes often possess admirable leadership skills which help them to lead the people they empathize with and fight for in a way that benefits them. In the novel entitled Oroonoko, Behn (1997) presents the story of a prince named Oroonoko who experiences several challenges as he enslaved and exploited by British colonialists; consequently, making him starting a revolution that results in his cruel death....   [tags: Slavery, Colonialism, Hero]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Oroonoko ' By Aphra Behn

- The history of human civilisation is characterised by different stages of human moral and ethical development. In other words, what can be viewed as moral and socially-acceptable in nineteenth century is far from being so nowadays. The issue of slavery and the slave trade is one of the most horrific lessons of history none should ever forget. In order to make sure that contemporary generation understands the horror of the slave trade, it I need to be studied in the diversity of its discourses. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how the novel “Oroonoko” by Aphra Behn creates an accurate picture of the triangular slave trade in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean in the seventeenth century....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, History of slavery]

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Comparing Defoe's Moll Flanders and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

- Credibility and Realism in Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko       In the Dictionary of Literary Terms, Harry Shaw states, "In effective narrative literature, fictional persons, through characterization, become so credible that they exist for the reader as real people." (1) Looking at Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (2) and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (3) the reader will find it difficult to make this definition conform to Moll and Behn's narrator. This doesn't mean that Defoe's and Behn's work is 'ineffective', but there is indeed a difficulty: it is the claim of truth....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Oroonoko : The Royal Slave By Aphra Behn

- Oroonoko; The Royal Slave is written by Aphra Behn who was an English author. Her novel was first published in 1688. At its time of publication and still today this day, a lot of controversy surrounds Behn’s novel. It is important because it was one of the first published abolitionist writings by a woman. Behn influenced future writers to talk about subject that would normally be considered taboo. Oroonoko is about an African prince who is truly in love with a beautiful girl by the name of Imoinda....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade]

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Defining identity in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave: A True History

- Throughout Oronooko, particularly in this passage, Aphra Behn focuses on identity in both specific characters, such as Oroonoko and Imoinda, and collective terms, such as “Whites” and “Negroes.” In this way, she examines the various aspects of identity, particularly the personal and cultural. Additionally, she underscores the distinctions between man and beast in relation to human identity by exploring their respective definitions. Finally, Behn posits identity as a malleable concept, which changes with context and other external influences....   [tags: Comparative Essay, Character Analysis]

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Virtue in Oroonoko (The Royal Slave) by Aphra Behn

- ... When Oroonoko and his troops are captured by a slave captain, whom he has become quite familiar with in the past, he [Oroonoko] demonstrates that his religious beliefs are not inferior to that of a Christian man. Oroonoko and his men would rather face death in honor than to be destined to a life of slavery. The captain promises Oroonoko that he and his men would be freed if only they would not starve to death. The conversation between Oroonoko and the captain makes it evident that religion plays a key role in a man's value: For the captain had protested to him upon the word of a Christian, and sworn in the name of a great God, which if he should violate, he would exp...   [tags: fidelity, loyalty, beliefs, honor, religious]

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Friendship in Oroonoko and Gulliver’s Travels

- The word ‘friend’ often carries vague connotations and assumptions that have no real purpose to the meaning of the word that is important here. Within the boundaries of a true friendship, the superiority of one individual over another should never be outward nor should one individual benefit at the other’s expense; also, an individual should not claim ownership over the other within a relationship termed a friendship. A relationship where an individual contains more power over another and asserts this power cannot be defined a friendship regardless of how kind each individual is to the other....   [tags: Oroonoko, Gulliver’s Travels]

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An Analysis of Oroonoko's Blackness

- An Analysis of Oroonoko's Blackness   In her essay "Oroonoko's Blackness," Katherine Gallagher argues that there are three layers to "Oroonoko." These layers are Oroonoko's kingship, the relationship between Oroonoko's blackness and the black ink, and the commodofication of Oroonoko. Gallagher argues that Oroonoko's blackness not only illuminates the text itself but also the author's presence as well. She writes that, "…the gleaming blackness of the eponymous hero corresponds to the narrator's heightened presence."(DeMaria, BL Critical Reader, 88)....   [tags: Oroonoko’s Blackness Essays]

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Kind Fortune in Aphra Behn's The Rover

- Kind Fortune in Aphra Behn's The Rover Fortune governs people's lives -- a reasonable conclusion considering the continuing presence of billboards advertising palm readers, colorful displays of horoscopes in magazines, and late night commercials marketing tarot card readings for only two dollars a minute. In her farcical comedy The Rover, Aphra Behn traces the fates of ladies of fortune, ladies of the night, men of honour, and men of disrepute as that sneaky rogue called Love entangles their lives....   [tags: Aphra Behn Rover Essays]

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Analyzing Gallagher’s Oroonoko’s Blackness

- Analyzing Gallagher’s Oroonoko’s Blackness     Oroonoko is a fascinating text overflowing with descriptions of complex relations between and within the different races. The attitudes and actions of the Aphra Behn and her characters would make for a rich analysis from any number of behavioral approaches, but there are many more layers to this story than the dominant racial themes. In fact, in "Oroonoko’s Blackness" Catherine Gallagher argues that the main character’s unusually dark skin color actually represents kingship, commodification, and the degree to which he and the author are embodied in the work....   [tags: Oroonoko’s Blackness Essays]

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Religious Contradictions And The 's Oroonoko

- Religious Contradictions and More Although many themes arise in Behn’s Oroonoko, religion is the most dominant, that is, of course, the author’s emphasis on the hypocrisy of Christianity. For example, in the narrative, Imoinda, Prince Oroonoko’s wife, faces colonial settlers who use their religious effort in hope to justify the ‘righteousness’ of their doings, as Mr. Trefry says, “we have christened her. But she denies us all with such a noble disdain, that ‘tis a miracle to see that she, who can give such eternal desires, should herself be all ice and all unconcern” (Oroonoko 2337)....   [tags: Christianity, God, Religion, Judaism]

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Analysis Of The Novel ' Oroonoko ' Or ' The Royal Slave '

- Writing on slavery, Aphra Behn in the novella Oroonoko; Or, The Royal Slave, is clever in putting together the life of a slave and that of the white man to create the character Oroonoko. Throughout Oroonoko, Behn places the character Oroonoko, between the top of the hierarchy of society as a Prince in his native country, that then parallels to being part of the society of the Englishman. However, such ideas are then balanced by the verity that Oroonoko is a black man who then is turned into a slave....   [tags: Slavery, History of slavery, Atlantic slave trade]

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The 's Oroonoko, Religion Is The Most Dominant

- Although many themes arise in Behn’s Oroonoko, religion is the most dominant, that is, of course, the author’s emphasis on the hypocrisy of Christianity. For example, in the narrative, Imoinda, Prince Oroonoko’s wife, faces colonial settlers who use their religious effort in hope to justify the ‘righteousness’ of their doings, as Mr. Trefry says, “we have christened her. But she denies us all with such a noble disdain, that ‘tis a miracle to see that she, who can give such eternal desires, should herself be all ice and all unconcern” (Oroonoko 2337)....   [tags: Religion, Christianity, God, Judaism]

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The Life and Works of Dramatist Aphra Behn

- The Life and Works of Dramatist Aphra Behn Aphra Behn left a legacy of being not only a complex and enigmatic woman, but a poet, a playwright, a writer, a novelist, and a spy. A commoner who blended with the royalty and revolted against the societal norms with her lewd yet cunning writings, she exhibited the influence of more than just a writer of her time period and left her mark in the canon of English literature by creating her own genre of amatory. She was a feminist, an adventurist, an abolitionist and a civil rights advocate; she encompassed a figure of brilliance and intrigue and the writings she left behind from the seventeenth century only reiterate her ideology....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Comparing Pain in Dr. Faustus and Oroonoko

- Pain in Dr. Faustus and Oroonoko      In almost every piece of writing there is reference to some sort of pain, whether it be physical pain or emotional pain. In a story like Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, the physical pain stands out above any other grief or misery. However, Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus exhibits just as much pain, but in an emotional sense. This poses an interesting question: Is one pain worse than the other. Can pain be measured. Pain, whether it be physical or emotional, is an unpleasant sensation....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison of Journal of the Plague Year and Oroonoko

- Throughout history, slaves have been treated like animals and thought of as property, not human beings. Even Oroonoko, a handsome, statuesque prince is turned into a slave because of his race, and is degraded and mistreated. To racist slave owners, the horrible treatment of Africans was acceptable because they were a different species, and no amount of education or beauty could save them. Behn shows how unjust and brutal slavery is in Oroonoko. The treatment of slaves is comparable to the treatment of the poor, as both have few rights, and both are unjustly judged and mistreated based on social status....   [tags: European History]

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Conflict of the Self in Oroonoko:or the Royal Slave and The Mill on the Floss

- Conflict of the Self in Oroonoko:or the Royal Slave and The Mill on the Floss In this essay I will be interested in the conflict of the self of the protagonists of two novels - Oroonoko: or the Royal Slave and The Mill on the Floss. Even though the novels may seem at first glance incomparable, dealing with societies of different periods and cultures, both are works of almost startling sadness and of affecting stories of personal tragedies. Protagonists´ personalities, their inner selves, are in constant clashes with the societies that surrond them....   [tags: Papers]

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Aphra Behn and Dorothy Wordsworth: An Analysis of Women Writers Negotiation of Historical Constraints.

- Aphra Behn once said “he that knew all that learning ever writ, knew only this - that he knew nothing yet.”After the French Revolution, the Restoration Period emerged and developed as a major influence in literature’s stylistic approaches and theoretical explorations. During this time period writers outlined prose, drama, and blank-verse. Eighteenth- Century Literature also unites a broad-based group of diverse authors and poets, literary characters, and orations. Nonetheless, as a result Milton and other renowned male writers became known to add value to our world by using their personal experiences to interpret through meaning a vivid understanding of life....   [tags: Women in Literature]

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Two Views of Slavery

- Two Views of Slavery During the time prior to the twentieth century our world accepted slavery as a normal part of life. Aphra Behn and Phillis Wheatley, both female authors born about 100 years apart, had their own views of slavery and wrote poems and stories about the subject. These women were physically different, Aphra was a Caucasian, and Phillis was an African American, and their lives were rather different as well. Aphra was a spy and playwright, who lived the middle class life and Phillis, was a slave who was taken from her homeland, brought to America, sold into slavery, then later freed....   [tags: Aphra Behn, Phillis Wheatley]

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Analysis Of Aphra Behn 's ' Her Interest On The Abolitionist Agenda Comes Off As Tepid At Best.

- Throughout Aphra Behn’s short novel, her interest in the abolitionist agenda comes off as tepid at best. While reading Oroonoko, it is difficult to say if the author is against the institution of slavery as a whole, or just against the enslavement of a specimen as beautiful and noble as Oroonoko. Much of the slave’s eponymous story is spent waxing poetic about Oroonoko’s appearance and dignity instead of demonstrating the inherent evils of the inhumane commodification of other human beings. Behn’s protagonist, Oroonoko, is an exception to the typical African slave in every way in the narrator’s eyes....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, History of slavery]

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Love in Aphra Behn’s Oroonko, and Voltaire’s Candide

- In Aphra Behn’s Oroonko, and Voltaire’s Candide, love is a subject of prominence; it serves as a starting point for both of these characters. For example, if Candide hadn’t fallen in love with his insatiable beauty, Cunegonde, he would not have been thrown from his home, castle Thunder-Ten-Tronckh, and sent on his dreadful journey across Europe. “The Baron of Thunder-Ten-Tronckh passed by the screen and, talking note of this cause and this effect, drove Candide out of the castle by kicking him vigorously in the backside (Voltaire 356)....   [tags: Feelings, Betrayal]

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Aphra Behn's Play Oronooko

- Oronooko is an excellent play by Aphra Behn that discusses a large array of wonderful themes. The story’s main character depicts a person of power. He was in a sense eventually forced to empathize with those he unintentionally caused a great deal of harm to. Oronooko a man of royalty participated in the selling of African slaves. An African himself saw nothing wrong in doing this; this was an accepted part of his culture. He befriended the British and lived a life envied by those he persecuted....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Women and Sexuality in Aphra Behn's Poems

- Women and Sexuality in Aphra Behn's Poems         "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of AphraBehn, . .   . for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." (Woolf 91) Born in 1640, AphraBehn broke gender stereotypes when she undertook a thrilling (if unrewarded) life as a spy for the Crown, but it was her scandalous career as an author which truly achieved many firsts for women. She was the first woman to supporthereself financially by solely relying on the profession of writing, and many readers argue that Oroonoko--her passionate tale about the institution of slavery--was the first English novel....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Sexual Empowerment of Women in Behn's The Willing Mistress and The Disappointment

- Sexual Empowerment of Women in Behn's The Willing Mistress and The Disappointment     "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, . . . for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." (Woolf 91) Born in 1640, Aphra Behn broke gender stereotypes when she undertook a thrilling (if unrewarded) life as a spy for the Crown, but it was her scandalous career as an author which truly achieved many firsts for women. She was the first woman to support hereself financially by solely relying on the profession of writing, and many readers argue that Oroonoko--her passionate tale about the institution of slavery--was the first English novel....   [tags: Willing Mistress Essays]

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Women and Men in Aphra Behn's "The Rover"

- Women and Men in Aphra Behn's "The Rover" Act one of the rover opens with two scenes which indicate that men and women occupy very different spheres. Compare and contrast the men and women in Act 1 scene1 and Act 1 scene 2. Aphra Behn sets the first scene of her play within a chamber in order to introduce a domestic sphere, allowing the audience to gain direct information about the characters and their inner views and ideas as they are hidden from the outside world. Consequently Behn is able to communicate to the audience the difficulties of a patriarchal society, this is portrayed by Helena and Florinda’s behaviour towards their brother, Pedro, who although maintains status due to his gend...   [tags: Aphra Behn Rover Essays]

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Aphra Behn's Poem To the Fair Clarinda

- Aphra Behn's Poem "To the Fair Clarinda" In her poem “To the fair Clarinda,” Aphra Behn writes of a companionship between the speaker and Clarinda. This paper will attempt to prove that Clarinda is a hermaphrodite instead of a woman as is popularly believed, thus completely changing the meaning of the poem. In the first few lines, the speaker decides to call Clarinda “Lovely Charming Youth” (4) instead of “Fair lovely Maid” (1). The speaker says that the name will “lessen my constraint” (6). This could refer to the sexual feelings that are holding her back because of the womanly part of Clarinda....   [tags: Aphra Behn Fair Clarinda Essays]

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A Patriarchic Society in Aphra Behn's The Rover

- A Patriarchic Society in Aphra Behn's The Rover In her play The Rover, Aphra Behn uses the treatment of women to suggest the presence of a strong patriarchic society and what harm can become of it. The main female character Florinda is manipulated, used, and treated horribly by men in instances of near-rape, battering and beating, and foul language among other things. Behn also uses Willmore, one of the main male characters, and his attitude towards women to prove her point. By doing this, Behn is suggesting patriarchy is dangerous for women, and their lack of fighting against it presupposes what can happen to women over time if this strong patriarchic society is allowed to flourish....   [tags: Aphra Behn Rover Male Dominance Essays]

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Critical Analysis : ' Melancholy '

- Within the selected quote, the narrator in Oroonoko explains that she becomes ill “upon any extraordinary melancholy” (Behn 2358). As discussed in class, “melancholy” is derived from the Greek word “melancholia,” which was previously understood to be the cause of depression. Melancholy means a state of sadness and depression. Oroonoko experiences extreme losses in his life, which would result in any sane person being in a similarly depressed state to how he feels in this moment. However, it is unknown whether Behn’s intention for this word simply stops here or a racist underlying meaning was additionally deliberate....   [tags: Race, Black people, Human skin color]

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Comparison of Characters in Aphra Behn’s The Fair Jilt and Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa

- Comparison of Characters in Aphra Behn’s The Fair Jilt and Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa Superficially the characters Clarissa Harlowe and Miranda seem, not only to be extremely different, but complete opposites. Clarissa is an exemplary model of virtue and goodness. Samuel Richardson presents her as a chaste and innocent daughter. She is forced from her duty by a conniving brother into the arms of a manipulative man. She is the victim. Miranda is the villain of The Fair Jilt. Aphra Behn portrays her as a woman who knows what she wants and will do anything to get it, including murder....   [tags: Compare Contrast Richardson Behn Essays]

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Comparing Jesus Christ 's And His Crucifixion

- “Oroonoko” is a story of an Oroonoko an African prince who is in love with Imoinda a young woman ho is desired by the King. The two end up captured by the British and brought to Surinam as slaves during the 1640s. The story written in 1688 by Aphra Behn, tells a story of a man who goes thru pain and heartache through out his journey. Oroonoko, betrayed by the Captain of a slave ship is lured with promises of a food and alcohol to show his appreciation to his royalty and the slave trade. Once the Captain had Oroonoko lost in his drunkenness he locked him up and took him to Surinam were he was sold as a slave and would never escape....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, Jesus, Bible]

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The Willing Mistress, by Aphra Behn

- Aphra Behn shattered walls for sexual freedom of women in literature in the seventeenth century. She was called the first professional woman writer in English. Many of her works all have strong female roles holding sexual power. In Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, she states, “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” She was one of the first female authors to speak candidly about the sexual passion felt by women, which was deemed ill-suited in her time....   [tags: Analysis, Sexual Freedom]

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

- Essay #1 In life and in literature, love and passion often drive a man to succeed. The drive was often led by a passionate cause, such as a woman. With this passion, a man could defy all obstacles and continue to survive based on hope. In Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, this was no different. Oroonoko’s motivation to thrive on and survive was his love and enthusiasm for Imoinda. The main test of his endurance was when Oroonoko lost his wife to the king, and he became a slave. Oroonoko was a slave trader, but he ended up as a slave himself aboard an English ship in Guiana....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Feminist: Aphra Behn

- ... Writing is a way for people to express their opinions without being interrupted and it also, “stimulates you to extend a line of thought beyond your first impressions or gut responses” ("What Makes Writing So Important?"). For Aphra, writing was not only a source of income; it was much more than that. To Aphra, writing was a sense of security and a way she could express herself. For instance, Behn wrote in her novel, The History of the Nun, “Women in London are like the rich silks; they are out of fashion a great while before they wear out” Behn is using the silk as a metaphor for the concept of Woman’s Rights, because she was a very influential woman with strong opinions on feminism....   [tags: leaders in English literature]

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The Rover, By Aphra Behn

- In Aphra Behn 's The Rover, the gender roles in society are particularly divisive. Gender roles were a major focus throughout the Restoration and especially in this play. The main conflict of the play is the attempt of Helena, Florinda ,and Angellica Bianca to avoid the fate their families have chosen for them.The play comes to the conclusion that there were only two “patriarchal definitions” of women: either that of a virgin or a whore. We see both of these in each of the major female characters and it seems important to note that there seemed to be no middle ground in terms of the way women were perceived....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Rape]

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The Disappointment By Aphra Behn

- In the 17th and 18th centuries it was known for men to have complete power over everything and most writings from that time gave evidence to that. It was also quite common for a man to speak in vulgar language about sexual encounters but it was considered scandalous and wrong if a woman was to do the same. In Aphra Behn’s The Disappointment, she challenges all of that by using romance and sexuality to modify the differing views of power in relation to gender roles. At the end of the first stanza Behn says, “And left no light to guide the world, But what from Cloris ' brighter eyes was hurled” (Stanza 1, Line 9-10), what Behn is illustrating is that even though it seems that Lysander has all...   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Woman]

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The Rover by Aphra Behn

- In The Rover by Aphra Behn the reader is shown how all a woman could do during the 1600’s in Europe was sell herself through marriage or prostitution through the characters Hellena and Angellica. Both women have different views on love, sex, and marriage. Hellena is a woman who does not want to be controlled by men. It has been determined by her father and brother that she will join a nunnery, which she rejects. Hellena doesn’t want her desires to be controlled and feels she has the right to love if she chooses and who she can love....   [tags: Hellena and Angellica, Marriage]

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The Rover, By Aphra Behn

- In Aphra Behn’s “The Rover”, between the categories of virgin and whore lies a void rather than a spectrum. The three leading ladies of the play Hellena, Florinda and Angellica most certainly fall into these categories; Hellena and Florinda being virginal ladies of quality and Angellica being a famous courtesan. These three women attempt to challenge these roles throughout the play. Aphra Behn uses the domination of the men over the women, the objectification of the women and the double standards that exist between men and women to illustrate the impossibility of taking one’s sexuality into one’s own hands, and challenging the assigned roles of the patriarchal society for the female characte...   [tags: Gender role, Woman, Marriage, Gender]

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Aphra Behn

- In the 17th century a writer named Aphra Behn emerged as leader in English literature. With a shaky beginning, Behn persevered to become the first female professional writer. With her feminist opinions, she revolutionized writing and her impacts in the 17th century would change modern day writing. Behn was a clever writer who wrote lively, vibrant plays and poetry. Behn impacted the world, not only with her writing, but also with her determination and voice about her feminist opinions. Behn showed strength and courage by persevering through her struggles and tragedies....   [tags: feminism, female writer, literature, leadership]

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Gender and Narrative in the Fiction of Aphra Behn

- With the restoration of Charles II to the throne following the fall of the Commonwealth and Puritanism came a surge of sexual and artistic freedom in England. This new libertine ideology brought with it not only the reemergence of the theatre, but and a society that embraced freedom of sexuality and thought in a way that was unprecedented. It is this new libertine society that provided a context for the writings of Aphra Behn. While Behn observed men like rakish Charles II and the effeminate Earl of Rochester enjoying England’s newfound open mindedness, she was forced to navigate, or rather circumnavigate, the limitations that remained in place for women....   [tags: libertine society, spy, british throne]

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Aphra Behn

- Aphra Behn, who is the first female to achieve status of a professional playwright attempted to alter and influence the literary cannon through her writing, which was a precarious occupation but allowed literature to evolve in a wider range. Behn was also one of the wittiest and entertaining as evidenced through her most renowned play, The Rover, which is a restoration, yet dark comedy set in 17th century Italy while under the colonial reign of Spain. The large cast of characters becomes embroiled in scenes and consist a mix of themes of infidelity, seduction, misrepresentation, and elaborate swordplay, which create tension and confusion in addition to many comedic episodes....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Rover]

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Slavery Practices Of Slavery And The Slave Trade

- Slavery practices in Oroonoko As horrible an act slavery is, it was a common practice in England up until the year 1833. Therefore, the occurrence found in the work of Oroonoko : Or the Royal slave by Behn and the information learned in Slavery and the slave trade, found in the Norton Anthology helps the reader put into context the practices of slavery and the slave trade in England during the late 17th century. This story is a criticism of slavery practices and Behn’s dislike of the practices shown through the text by example of the cruel practices of the slave trades....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade]

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The Actual Disappointment: The Work fo Aphra Behn

- ... Furthermore, the word shepherdess serves a purpose similar to these. By describing the young woman as a shepherdess, Behn is satirizing a society that is based on class where women fall more along the bottom of the totem pole. A shepherdess in that time period typically meant a woman from a poorer family who has less value than say of a woman from an aristocratic family. Here, a shepherdess is a direct reflection of a woman’s lower place in society, specifically under the men in her life. Additionally, it becomes apparent in this last stanza that Behn is staunchly supporting the woman’s perspective of the predicament taking place....   [tags: women's right to speak their mind]

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The Rover : A Critical Look At Behn 's Use Of Comedy

- The Rover: A Critical Look at Behn’s use of Comedy When one pictures the literary and theatrical world of 17th century England, it is hard to believe that a woman as extraordinary and seditious as Aphra Behn was able to write and publish such revolutionary plays at the capacity she achieved. Having already seen six of her plays produced for stage, she was something of an “anomalous figure” in the theatrical community (Behn 14). However, the first known edition of her Restoration comedy “The Rover” was published anonymously with reference to the author as male in the prologue....   [tags: Woman, Gender role, Gender, The Rover]

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Rover By Aphra Behn : Themes Of Love, Lust, And Marriage

- Love can influence the lives of many people in various ways, but many people do not actually differentiate between love, lust, and marriage and the way in which they can reap benefits from the three things that seem to be perfectly similar, but are different altogether. People mostly end up in marriage without knowing whether it is love that is actually driving them or whether it is lust. In this essay, I chose the play; Rover by Aphra Behn, to show the various perceptions of people towards the three....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Human sexuality]

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The Reflection: A Song

- The poem 'The Reflection: A Song' was written in 1684 by Aphra Behn and seems to feature around the theme of realisation and betrayal. Written by a woman, the poem's main character of a betrayed female has a subjective stance, which evokes a strong emotion of sympathy from the reader as it could represent a true life event. The structure of the poem is set out in seven stanzas, consisting eight lines. What is interesting about the structure is the use of iambic tetrameter with the first, third, fifth and seventh lines of each stanza and iambic trimeter with the second, fourth, sixth and eight lines....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Aphra Behn]

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Traveling Experiences in Gulliver’s Travels vs. Oronooko

- Traveling Experiences While reading both stories of travel and misfortune for these characters several points came to my mind, wondering if other readers might have thought as well as me. Aphra Behn in Oronooko presents the reader with a story of disgrace, but at the same time full of love. She also lets the reader see a little farther because she gives a lot of description on the characters and the places trying to place the reader in the correct mood and spot as she wanted....   [tags: Jonathan Swift Aphra Behn]

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Aphra Behn and the Changing Perspectives on Ian Watt’s The Rise of the Novel

- Aphra Behn and the Changing Perspectives on Ian Watt’s The Rise of the Novel Ian Watt’s The Rise of the Novel (1957) remains one of the most influential texts in the study of the English novel. However, an increasingly strong case for a revision of both the work itself and the discourse it personifies has been gradually building over the past twenty years. While the initial stages of, first, feminist and, later, post colonial perspectives may have sought only to insert marginalised texts into the existing literary discourse, their long term ramifications are obliging a wider analysis of how we approach the English novel and the manner in which we link it to its surrounding culture....   [tags: Ian Watt The Rise of the Novel Essays]

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The Rover Analysis

- In Aphra Behn's “The Rover,” characters define relationships as a type of economy where value and use are key. This time period commodified love and sexuality, valuing financial success over meaningful relationships. The dowry system made rich women with a high status most desirable for marriage and their value was increased by their honor. Typical of seventeenth century literature, Behn plays with this ideology as “the language of love in Restoration comedies frequently draws on the language of commerce.”1 She expresses her beliefs on the “'interest,' 'credit,' and 'value'”2 associated with love and sexuality through the different prices placed on her characters....   [tags: Aphra Behn, economy, love, sexuality, language]

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Comparison of the Presentation of Seduction in the Poems To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Willing Mistress by Aphra Behn

- Comparison of the Presentation of Seduction in the Poems To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell and The Willing Mistress by Aphra Behn Both Marvell and Behn wrote during the Renaissance period and had different styles. However, they explored similar themes. In 'To His Coy Mistress', Marvell uses a cleverly structured argument called 'syllogism' to persuade his lover to 'seize the day' and make love before their passion fades. In the first section, Marvell speculates how he would adore his mistress....   [tags: Papers]

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Things Fall Apart - Oronoko

- Things Fall Apartoronoko He had learn?d to take Tobaco; and when he was assured he should dye, he desir?d they give him a pipe in his mouth, ready lighted, which they did; and the executioner came, and first cut off his members and threw them into the fire; after that, with an ill favoured knife, they cut his ears and his nose, and burn?d them; he still smoak?d on, as if nothing had touched him; then they hacked off one of his arms, and still he bore up, and held his pipe; but at the cutting of his other arm, his head sunk, and his pipe drop?d; and he gave up the ghost, without a groan, or a reproach....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Analysis Of The First Slave Narrative By Aphra Bren

- Oroonoko, written in the latter half of the 17th century, has been called the first slave narrative. Written by Aphra Bren in 1688, Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave paints Oroonoko almost like a divine character, the pinnacle of African moral, and decorum standards. Oroonoko, both an African general and heir presumptive to the throne of his native land, speaks, thinks, and acts like any other man from Europe, but not at all like the people from his own land. Bren’s text specifically and deliberately ignores the plight of the lower classes and the customs of Oroooko’s native people, instead focusing on the similarities between Europeans, and Oroonoko....   [tags: Slavery, British Empire, Atlantic slave trade]

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Gender and Performance in the Earl of Rochester’s Imperfect Enjoyment

- Literature of the English Restoration offers the example of a number of writers who wrote for a courtly audience: literary production, particularly in learned imitation of classical models, was part of the court culture of King Charles II. The fact of a shared model explains the remarkable similarities between “The Imperfect Enjoyment” by the Earl of Rochester and “The Disappointment” by Aphra Behn—remarkable only because readers are surprised to read one poem about male sexual impotence from the late seventeenth century, let alone two examples of this genre by well-known courtly writers....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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Women Writers Have More Of An Impact Than Men

- Do woman writers have more of an impact than men in the 17th century. Throughout this course of learning I had often questioned the importance of women writers in the 17th century. Being that this time period of writing often tends to appeal to gender roles and favoring the man’s word over a woman’s reputation, it often clouds what impact women writers not only had on that time period but also the effects it still has on society today. Women writers of this time are underrated to say the least and through comparisons of male writers such as John Bunyan to female writers such as Aphra Behn, I have noticed that although there are similarities there are also differences that prove woman writer...   [tags: Woman, Gender, Writing, John Bunyan]

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Five Burning Lights in a Dark Universe

- Five Burning Lights in a Dark Universe The present just as the past did holds innumerable obstacles for women in search of a professional career. However, as a woman of the 20th century, I am glad to say that the obstacles have decreased through time thanks to the voices of courageous women who dare to talk when everyone else held silent. Many changes occur from the 17th century on, economically, politically and socially; the scientific revolution, the end of monarchy and absolute power, the emergence of democracy, and capitalism are only a few of those changes....   [tags: Women Feminism Rights Essays]

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Women As A Woman Of Society

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Quality in Project Management

- As a project manager, what does Quality mean to you when it comes to Information System/Information Technology. As a project manager, quality in information system or information technology means speed. This means that the systems should be able to deliver results within the shortest time possible. The time taken by the systems to complete a specific task should be economical and also effective. For example; an information system or information technology put in place to process the salaries of employees should be able to give the feedbacks in a shorter period than it would have been done manually....   [tags: Information System, Technology]

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The Rover Performance : Analysis

- The Rover Performance From start to finish, this show had me completely engaged. In the other productions, there was a lull in a scene that pulled me out of the story. The elements of design came together to create a cohesive, and immersive experience. While the technical aspects of the play may have been flawless, I think the director’s vision failed to create a relevant spin on this dated script. The main question I had going into this performance was how would this production make the story and message of Behn relevant for today’s audience....   [tags: King Lear, William Shakespeare, Performance]

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The Tempest By William Shakespeare

- The Tempest The first design hurdle that needs to be conquered right off the bat is how the magic will be depicted. In a film, CGI takes care of this tricky aspect of the play. However, in a stage adaptation, this will have to be tweaked. If Furman did The Tempest, lighting design would produce of many of these effects. I envision Robert’s original plan for Pillowman, with a scrim that allows either shadow-like projections, or shadow puppets for Katurian’s stories as a perfect solution for scenes in the Tempest involving magic....   [tags: The Tempest, Caliban, Plot, Character]

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The History of Feminine Fiction:Exploring Laura Runge’s Article, Gendered Strategies in the Criticism of Early Fiction

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“Restoration Women: Reassessment of identity and status through theatre”

- “The dramas laws the dramas patrons give” illustrates the relationship between theatre and the people of the Restoration period (Elwin 5). As theatre of this era sheds light on the newly changing social normal and self-identification the reaction of the audience sheds insight back onto theatre itself. The concept of sex and sexuality is confronted and analyzed as women take the stage for the first time. The rapidly changing constructs of women are illustrated on stage and is widely received by rowdy and enthusiastic audiences....   [tags: Theater ]

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An Edition Of The Rover

- An Edition of The Rover This project grew out of an exercise designed primarily to give graduate students practical experience in the processes of textual bibliography. It was continued and completed based on two beliefs: first, that the errors found amoung extant editions are significant enough to warrant further revision, and second, that the existence of a text with format and language accessible to modern readers is essential to the survival of this important work. With these aims in mind, we have worked to produce an edition of The Rover that respects not only the believed intentions of the author and the integrity of the earliest texts, but also the needs and concerns of conte...   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Four Functions of Management

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John Milton's Representation of Early Modern Literature: Misogynistic?

- In this Chapter, I will discuss John Milton’s ideas on sexuality and gender to deduct whether his representation of women in Early Modern Literature can be seen as misogynistic. I aim to identify his motives and question his portrayal of Eve in Paradise Lost. I will also contrast the ideas of Milton’s critics in order to deduct if the stigma of misogyny was an underlying factor in his ideas or just a consequence of the time. I will do this by studying and researching not only the work of Milton, but of his contemporaries including Aphra Behn, Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer and Edmund Spenser....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Financial Statements Form The Basis Of Forecast Inputs

- Literature review Audit quality is of great significance to analysts because financial statements form the basis of forecast inputs. The outcome of a financial analysis model can only be as accurate as the values used to create said model. As such, if input values are inaccurate, the output (forecasts) would no doubt also be erroneous. Higher quality audits assist in limiting the misstatements and unintentional measurement errors in the historical data used to formulate forecasts thus improving the predictability of earnings....   [tags: Audit, Financial audit]

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The Determinants Of The And Earnings Announcement Lags

- As previously discussed, several studies have been conducted in an attempt to find the determinants of ARL (Ashton et al., 1989; Bamber et al., 1993; Jaggi and Tsui, 1999; Knechel and Payne, 2001; Leventis et al. 2005; Behn et al., 2006). Some preliminary studies indicate that audit report lag is explained by various auditor- and client-related factors. For instance, using a descriptive model of audit delay on a sample of 465 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange from 1977 to 1982, Ashton et al., (1989) examine the determinants of audit delay and find that audit delay is significantly explained by auditor size, industry classification, existence of extraordinary items, and sign of n...   [tags: Audit, Auditing, External auditor]

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Human Resource Practices And Internal Customer Satisfaction

- In the field of food production and processing, meeting the demands of the consumers and timetables are essential for the viability of the company. Manpower and effective human resource plan are the keys to a successful business. One of the detrimental problems of human resource is a high turn-over rate. This may mean that employees are dissatisfied and feel unimportant to the organization. An example of which is the Goodtime Food company. This company has been operating since the late 1970s and mass producing pies as well as quality products to New Zealanders....   [tags: Human resource management, Employment]

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