Free Aphra Behn Essays and Papers

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

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    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. In fact, Richard Quaintance presents ten more examples by lesser-known poets as he defines the literary sub-genre of the neo-Classical “imperfect enjoyment poem,” written in imitation of Roman poems on the same subject, which is shared by Rochester and Behn (Quaintance 190).

  • An Analysis of Oroonoko's Blackness

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    corresponds to the narrator's heightened presence."(DeMaria, BL Critical Reader, 88). Therefore, Oroonoko and Behn step into the light because of the black print and the jet-black skin of Behn's hero. In her essay Gallagher makes many assumptions regarding the audience who reads her text. She assumes that the reader has read and studied "The Unfortunate Bride;" knows biographical information about Aphra Behn; possesses knowledge about literary techniques; and knows how the slave trade worked in Africa. Despite

  • Aphra Behn's Poem To the Fair Clarinda

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    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”

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

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    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

  • Metaphors In Oroonoko And Robinson Crusoe

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    Encounters with the Exotic: Metaphors in Oroonoko and Robinson Crusoe Works of literature like Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe both serve as leading examples of the exotic-travel adventure novel, featuring intriguing tales of discovery. These discoveries are not just limited to first contact with foreign customs and cultures, as they also prove to be revelatory in terms of European values and attitudes on race and perhaps primarily, class and economics. Similarly to other

  • British Imperialism in Robinson Crusoe and Oroonoko

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    an in-depth research and reading, it is possible to find out that the novel is actually written from a colonialist and imperialist perspective of the 18th century Britain. On the other hand, 17th century novel Oroonoko, written by a female author Aphra Behn, is actually a piece of work which bears and represents imperialist and colonialist attitudes of European man more directly and openly to its readers. Both novels, bearing the similar features of European imperialism and slavery, will be compared

  • Politics in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

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    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.

  • Anti-colonization and Dehumanization in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko

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    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

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

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    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

  • The Theme Of Love In Aphra Behn's To Lysander

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    Aphra Behn’s, “To Lysander” is like a diary entry from a woman to a man, who has no intentions of returning the love that is being sent to him. Throughout the entire work there is a pattern of words that force the reader to assume there is the emotion of bitterness and discontent in the poets purpose. She has fallen in love with this man who she refers to as, “Lysander,” who never truly loves her, outside of the bedroom. Behn uses all thirteen stanzas to convey the idea that love is a natural thing