Oroonoko

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Oroonoko’s Accidental Abolition Activist Ooronoko: or the Royal Slave is a story of a brave and young West African Prince who was taken from the Ivory Coast and sold into slavery in the northern part of South America by British Colonizers. A Caucasian female, who grew up in a world where people who were not white were barely seen as human beings especially if they were of African descent, narrates the novel. Ooronoko’s tale begins with the readers being greeted by the anonymous English female narrator who is waiting on a trip back to Europe from the plantation on South Africa that Ooronoko was sent. Early on in the story it becomes clear narrator completely intends to give an exceptionally detailed and vivid description of what…show more content…
And then for shooting, what they cannot take, or reach with their hands, they do with arrow, and have so admirable an aim that they will split almost a hair; and at any distance that an arrow can reach, they will shoot down oranges and other fruit, and only touch the stalk with the dart’s point, that they may not hurt the fruit. So that they being, on all occasions, very useful to us, we find it absolutely necessary to caress ‘em as friends, and not to treat ‘em as slaves; nor dare we do other, their numbers far surpassing ours in that continent.”(2315) This passage presents the narrator’s detailed commentary on her appreciation of what the natives offer, but offers little insight on the morality of the colonies’ decision to refrain from enslaving the natives. The likelihood of a slave abolitionist supporting colonization or the mistreatment of indigenous people, and yet somehow people such as Adelaide P. Amore say things like: “Between the appearance of Oroonoko and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), no work in English literature makes so plain the argument against slavery” (Amore par. 6) and claim that this novel is a slave abolition writing. Considering the political and economic advantages the narrator receives due to slavery it is safe to assume that if she were against slavery it would be for moral reasons. Also, it would most likely stand that if
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