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    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

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    Two Views of Slavery

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Behn has managed to portray this through the characters in the play. These characters search for love to serve permanent connection or physical needs. This therefore begs for a question, is marriage therefore founded

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    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

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    Aphra Behn’s “England’s first professional female author “ has been a very controversial figure in terms of literary criticisms throughout the centuries . The plays she wrote during the restoration period were hugely popular on the stage , and her fiction and poetry also enjoyed success , though on a much smaller scale . However , under rigid Victorian standards , her work essentially disappeared from literary discussion and did not re-emerge until the mid – 1900’s : in the 40’s Behn’s work was

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    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. Although, in order to create an accurate reflection

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