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A black African is captured and sold into slavery Its an unfortunate story but one with approximately eleven million equivalents Aphra Behn however brings this common piece of history to life in her story Oroonoko the tale of an African prince tricked into slavery in the West Indies As the storyteller Behn makes use of two common forms of narration the third person and the first person She recounts what she is present for in the first person while relying on the words of Oroonoko himself to explain what she did not see The effectiveness of each of these modes of narration can be judged by two standards the ability to effectively convey action and by the ability to portray emotion Examining two separate passages of Oroonoko each depicting Oroonoko in battle can best illustrate these standards The first of these passages from page 2187-88While he was speakingwounded him almost to death is a third person account of one of Oroonokos battles while the second passage from page 2199-2200sometimes we would go surprisingstrong limbs is a first person narratative about Oronookos encounter with a tiger Though in Oroonoko both first and third person narration modes are necessary to complete the story the third person narration serves only the purpose of exposing relevant details for which Behn was absent and is less desirable than the first person narration The first area of assessment for these passages is their ability to accurately and effectively portray action The first passage recalls Oroonoko overcoming personal despair joining his men in battle and turning an entire battle around to claim victory An occurrence such as this has virtually unlimited possibilities for description and excitement if one was there to witness it Unfortunately Behn was not and thus has to rely on Oroonokos account of the battle As a result the detail is while attempting to entice excitement quite vague Behn writes that Oroonoko was responsible for turning the tide
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