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Oroonoko Under the Microscope In the story Oroonoko by Aphra Behn many intense issues are portrayed These issues include an ideal society the notion of power over love loyalty slavery and even heroism When reading this story one can draw many conclusions about these issues What was the basic theme behind the story Why did Behn portray these issues in such a way that made them so open for different interpretations We will never know these answers first hand All we can do is continue to analyze the story and find the answers on an individual basis First of all I would like to discuss the issue of an ideal society What is an ideal society Is it something that is written in stone Is it something attainable or is it merely an ideal Literature often deals with the notion of a perfect world This too is present in Oroonoko This perfect portrayal of the world seemed to be a bit evident in the beginning of the story but it is soon shattered There are many illusions to a pure world but the characters are too problematic as stated in a critical review of the story Woodcock 137 Even in the main character Oroonoko there are problems First of all he is a man of color but he is treated with some equality among the whites This seems like an early notion of equality but one must keep in mind that Oroonoko did not look like a man of color His face was not of brown rusty Black which most of that Nation are but a perfect Ebony or polished Jet His Eyes were the most aweful that could be seen and very pier cing the White of em being like Snow as were his Teeth His nose was rising and Roman instead of African and flat as stated in the story Behn 136 This seems to destruct the notion of equality because he
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