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by Aphra Behn

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Discuss the evidence in the novel Oroonoko that suggests that Behn is not against slavery.

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What is interesting about your question is that it goes against the usually-accepted anti-slavery theme of the book. In this regard, your question is a challenge, but definitely provable using incidents from the work.

One needs to look no further than the larger-than-life hero, Oroonoko, who is known as a "noble savage."  It is the latter part of the term that proves your point more than the former part of the term.  The fact that Oroonoko is considered "noble" would go against your point.  However, the fact that Behn believes "primitivism" to be "good" and the fact that Oroonoko is still portrayed as a "savage" would be good proof of your point. 

“He knew almost as much as if he had read much.”

“A poet is a painter in his way, he draws to the life, but in another kind; we draw the nobler part, the...

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