Oroonoko Sparknotes

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For ages, man exemplified their desire to perform inequalities to those weaker than they. From the oppressor in the congregation, to the monarch and his crown court, it appears that man have a will to take over and dictate others. Oroonoko, by Aphra Behn, shows us that slavery is immoral, shameful, disheartening, and worse than death. Liberty is an assured human right. Oroonoko is a controlling story about the sufferings of a chivalrous, gracious prince named Oroonoko. Through the novel, Oroonoko is presented to be a heroic prince and a friend to numerous people especially to his fellow slaves who looked up to him and respected him like he was a special person to them. He is given command over an army and validates his soldierly and strategical skills by winning his battles and conquering his enemies. In the beginning of the novel,…show more content…
And after a while not at first he gets some form of respect from other slaves but not right away like Oroonoko. Slaves viewed Kunte as a brave and courageous man because he ran away twice and got punished for it and other slaves saw the punishment and how he took the beating and sufferings as a man he earned his respect from that. Kunte becomes a smart, educated man towards the end and has some similarities with Oroonoko. Behn goes and talks about how no one has ever produced a braver man than Oroonoko. He was both courageous and had a brilliant mind as well. Oroonoko’s grandfather who is a king and is such an unpleasant person, he’s a horrible no good person he lures women into his dungeon and sleeps with them. He gives them a choice by either offering them to sleep with him or die if they don’t follow his rules or regulations. He treats them like slaves where that is unfair, unethical he shows women no respect at all. He has no flaws or errors to him he’s like perfect although he does such horrible things. Whatever he does he doesn’t see it at a perspective of being bad he can do anything he wants and even if it’s bad it’s
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