He is often depicted as a beautiful youth, in keeping with the notion of the sense of freshness and newness of such liberating awareness, and is seated cross-legged on a lotus-flower throne, attired in princely silks and ornaments.
The narrator opens with an account of the colony of Surinam and its native people. Within this is a historical tale concerning the Coramantien grandson of an African king, Prince Oroonoko.
At a very young age Prince Oroonoko was trained for battle and became an expert Captain by During a battle the top General sacrifices himself for the Prince by taking an arrow for him.
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In sight of this event, the Prince takes the place of General. Oroonoko decides to honorably visit the daughter of the deceased general to offer the "Trophies of her Father's Victories", but he immediately falls in love with Imoinda and later asks for her hand in marriage. Portrait of Aphra Behnaged approximately 30, by Mary Beale The king hears Imoinda described as the most beautiful and charming in the land, and he also falls in love.
Despite his Intelligence saying she had been claimed by Oroonoko, the king gives Imoinda a sacred veil, thus forcing her to become one of his wives, even though she is already promised to Oroonoko.
Imoinda unwillingly, but dutifully, enters the king's harem the Otanand Oroonoko is comforted by his assumption that the king is too old to ravish her. Over time the Prince plans a tryst with the help of the sympathetic Onahal one of the kings wives and Aboan a friend to the prince. The Prince and Imoinda are reunited for a short time and consummate their marriage, but are eventually discovered.
Imoinda and Onahal are punished for their actions by being sold as slaves. The king's guilt, however, leads him to lie to Oroonoko that Imoinda has instead been executed, since death was thought to be better than slavery.
Later, after winning another tribal war, Oroonoko and his men go to visit an English captain on his ship and are tricked and shackled after drinking. The English Captain plans to sell the Prince and his men as slaves and carries them to Surinamat that time an English colony, in the West Indies.
Oroonoko is purchased by a Cornish man named Trefry, but given special treatment due to his education and ability to speak French and English which he learned from his own French slave. Trefry mentions that he came to own a most beautiful enslaved woman and had to stop himself from forcing her into sex.
Unbeknownst to Oroonoko, Trefry is speaking of Imoinda who is at the same plantation. The two lovers are reunited under the slave names of Caesar and Clemene. The narrator and Trefry continue to treat the hero as an honored guest.
The narrator recounts various entertaining episodes, including reading, hunting, visiting native villages, and capturing an electric eel. Oroonoko and Imoinda live as husband and wife in their own slave cottage, and when she becomes pregnant, Oroonoko petitions for their return to the homeland.
After being put off with vague promises of the governor's arrival, Oroonoko organizes a slave revolt. The slaves, including Imoinda, fight valiantly, but the majority surrender when deputy governor Byam promises them amnesty.
After the surrender, Oroonoko and Tuscan, his second-in-command, are punished and whipped by their former allies at the command of Byam. To avenge his honor, Oroonoko vows to kill Byam. He worries, however, that to do so would make Imoinda vulnerable to reprisal after his death.
The couple decides that he should kill her, and so Imoinda dies by his hand. Oroonoko hides in the woods to mourn her and grows weaker, becoming unable to complete his revenge. When he is discovered, he decides to show his fearlessness in the face of death.
He cuts off a piece of his own throat, disembowels himself, and stabs the first man who tries to approach him. Once captured, he is bound to a post. Resigned to his death, Oroonoko asks for a pipe to smoke as Banister has him quartered and dismembered.
The novel is written in a mixture of first and third personas the narrator relates events in Africa secondhand, and herself witnesses, and participates in, the actions that take place in Surinam. The narrator is a lady who has come to Surinam with her unnamed father, a man intended to be the new lieutenant-general of the colony.
He, however, dies on the voyage from England. The narrator and her family are put up in the finest house in the settlement, in accord with their station, and the narrator's experiences of meeting the indigenous peoples and slaves are intermixed with the main plot of Oroonoko and Imoinda.
At the conclusion of the narrative, the narrator leaves Surinam for London.
Structurally, there are three significant pieces to the narrative, which does not flow in a strictly biographical manner. The novel opens with a statement of veracity, wherein the narrator claims to be writing neither fiction nor pedantic history.
She claims to be an eyewitness and to be writing without any embellishment or agenda, relying solely upon real events. A description of Surinam and the South American Indians follows.Essay about Literary Merit and Its Significance to Beowulf Kayla M. Demaray Mrs. Walker Senior English 6 November Literary Merit and Its Significance to Beowulf Any acceptable novel has some type of significance enclosed in the structure of its story.
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