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Despair and Lack of Agency Embedded in Fates of Behn's Oroonoko and Evaristo's Zuleika

My chosen texts are Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘The Emperor’s Babe’ and Aphra Behn’s ‘Oroonoko (The Royal Slave)’. Ultimately, the characters have no control at all, as they are figments of their author’s imaginations. However, upon closely examining the texts, the two characters which I will focus on have little to no agency and gradually lose all of their freedom, whereas most of the surrounding characters have comparatively more autonomy. Starting with Zuleika from The Emperor’s Babe, her low social class, ethnicity...
3 Pages 1227 Words

Two Mirrored Slavery Fates Described in Oroonoko and Voltaire´s Candide

Slavery was an economic and cultural standard in this era when these two stories were written: Oroonoko by Aphra Ben and Candide by Voltaire. In the story of Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave, the captain of a transport vessel persuades Oroonoko to board the ship under the pretense that he would be reunited with his partner and later delivers him into slavery. Not only was he forced into slavery, Imoinda, his beloved companion also is marketed into slavery. Oroonoko later...
1 Page 505 Words

Lessons Taught from the Fate of Caesar and Clemene

The narrator has clearly seen many events and the story of each event is told throughout the novel. The story starts off bearing true faith that it is true, because she has either seen the events unfold or have been told firsthand by the involved characters. The way in which this novel is written gives a reader a more intimate encounter with the unfolding events. In the beginning, we are painted the picture of the South American colony Suriname; where...
2 Pages 911 Words
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