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    Between the classifications of "virgin" and "prostitute" lay a void, not a range; one could give "the entire freight or nothing". Performed in 1677, Aphra Behn 's play, The Rover addresses this twofold standard, which restricted her female companions ' sexual cravings to the domain of religious community, massage parlor, or home. Set free in the upside down universe of Festival, her characters show the dynamic, entangled amusement required of ladies looking to secure individual satisfaction. The

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    an era of new things for theatre, women were just starting to appear on stage and with them, groundbreaking female playwrights also emerged. Among them was Aphra Behn, the first female playwright to to make a living off of her writing. Aphra’s life was full of difficult times and struggle but was still colorful and full of creation. Aphra was many things, a playwright, poet, novelist, She was a woman trying, and succeeding, to make it in a man’s world but it wasn’t without hardship. In her early

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    Maia Davis Orlando/4A English 2302 Research Paper: Aphra Behn In a time when very few authors - let alone female authors - could support themselves through their craft, Aphra Behn was a well known and highly regarded writer in London. She wrote many plays for the London stage, penned poetry, and wrote what some consider the first English novel (though others consider it a novella or a somewhat long short story). Much of her work decries the unequal treatment of women in her era, and she suffered

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    Throughout “The Disappointment”, Aphra Behn critics the established gender roles in the society particularly sexually. This can be seen in the relationship between Lisander who is the male figure and Cloris who is the female one. In this poem, Cloris can be seen as the object of desire while Lisander can be seen as the sexual object which challenges the pre-established roles in society. The first stanza reveals a side of Lisander that shows that he does not have a complete control on his body. Indeed

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    will discuss in this essay is “Oroonoko” by Aphra Behn. This narrative could be viewed in many different ways. One way it can be seen is as a biography, another is a memoir, but it can also be seen as a travel narrative. In this essay I will touch base on the topics of switching power. By switching power I mean how different individual’s power fluctuates within situations in the novel. Aphra Behn and Oroonoko are able to exceed the way they are viewed. Behn is both the narrator and the author and Oroonoko

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    the earliest English slave trade novels written by author Aphra Behn. Behn, also the first female professional writer in England, uses her personal experiences to narrate a memoir of events leading up to Orooonko’s unexpected enslavement and thereafter. Throughout the novel, Behn often shifts narration from first-person to third-person omniscient expressing the thoughts and feelings of Oroonoko as well as herself as the story unfolds. Behn also shifts between travel narratives of the events taken

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    Aphra Behn, since the start of story Oroonoko takes on an apologetic tone in her narration of the story. She starts of by apologizing (examples) as to the form of her writing and why she writes some parts of the story while omitting others. It is not fully understood whether when Behn refers to being “a female pen” she does so in a sarcastic way or with a deeper meaning, giving a double sense to her story. That although she writes about a male character, she decides to write and exalt those parts

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    The story, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave, written by Aphra Behn, depicts the main character, Oroonoko, as being an African prince that lives among his people, whom all abide by a code of virtue and fidelity. When Oroonoko is faced with a dilemma in his own country and living among a “civilized” white society, that are devout Christians, he is confronted with the burden to uphold his code of virtue and maintain a title of being a “Noble Savage” by means of loyalty, religious beliefs, and honor. Oroonoko

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    Aphra Behn, a remarkable author who “‘…earned… [women]…the right to speak their minds’”, who was not afraid to speak her mind herself as evident in her works, and was a writer that aided in paving the way for women’s rights through the literature world (The Norton Anthology 2308). A majority of Behn’s works serve to further the voice of women in the oppressed society in which they were living in and this work being examined is no exception to this. The Disappointment serves as a perfect satiric

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    Paper 1; ‘Oroonoko’ by Aphra Behn and ‘The Rape of the Lock’ by Alexander Pope The relationship between gender and power dynamics is relevant to the understanding of literature through the ages. However, the widespread problematic belief that women are simply the passive, powerless victims of male power is oversimplified and outdated. Power relations, as theorized by Foucault in ‘The History of Sexuality’ are far more complex; the dynamic is ever-changing, from moment to moment and therefore any

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