Oronooko is an excellent play by A phra Behn that discusses a large array of wonderful themes. The story’s main character depicts a person of power. He was in a sense eventually forced to empathize with those he unintentionally caused a great deal of harm to. Oronooko a man of royalty participated in the selling of African slaves.
An African himself saw nothing wrong in doing this; this was an accepted part of his culture. He befriended the British and lived a life envied by those he persecuted. It’s ironic how his very friends (the British) became those people he learned to hate; they became his masters. The story has a nice turn of tales.
A man once full of power, now forced to interpret life from the other end of the life cycle. Behn clearly illustrates how there are mainly two extremes in life; Oronooko lived on both ends of these extremes. He went from possessing outstanding amounts of power to encompassing almost none. Page 2 The novel forces the reader to slightly sympathize with Oronooko.
He was made to feel the pain of his people (something he never thought he would have to do).
Although a man of ignorance he became a man of knowledge. He was ignorant to what true betrayal was, ignorant to love, ignorant to the beliefs and pain of others. Behn was trying to teach her readers a lesson of living empathetic lives. This moral although helpful was revealed in such a brutal yet effective manner. This play teaches us about the life cycle and how vicious it could be.
Thomas Hobbes begins Leviathan with Book 1: Of Man, in which he builds, layer by layer, a foundation for his eventual argument that the "natural condition" of man, or one without sovereign control, is one of continuous war, violence, death, and fear. Hobbes's depiction of this state is the most famous passage in Leviathan: [D]using the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, ...
It shows us what lengths enlightenment will pursue in order to complete this cycle exposed through the eyes of Oronoko. Restoration for Oronooko was a first hand experience unavoidable and inevitable. The play is again excellent in exposing us to life’s inescapable karma, a clear and evident themes throughout the novel. Through brilliant language and the usage of symbolism, Been allows us to see what was happening to Oronooko in the most memorable scene. “He had learned to take tobacco, and when he was assured he should die, he desired they would give him a pipe in his mouth…
The executor came and first cut off his members and threw them in the fire. Page 3.”.. They cut his ears and his nose and burned them; he still smoked on, as if nothing touched him. “This is a great example of visualization through the text, it is quite easy to picture the scene here taking place in great detail. ” Then they hacked off one of his arms, his head sunk, and his pipe dropped, and he gave up the ghost… ” (Behn 2193) This is a clear example of symbolism in the novel.
Those well versed in the Bible will noticed that this is parallel to how Christ was murdered. He never spoke a word while he was being tortured, his people persecuted him and in the end “he gave up the GHOST.” George Etherege’s comedy The Man of Mode took a slightly different approach to depicting the restoration period. He used characters that were both unusual as well as witty. The Character Harriet Wood vill possessed the typical attributes of a restoration heroine. She was lovely witty and rich. Behn novel was definitely more dramatic, full of romanticism.
The Man of Mode more or less made a mockery of what people valued during the restoration period. It examined loyalty, the sanctity of marriage. The story’s main character clearly made a Page 4 mockery of those things. He was a man whore in a sense. He enjoyed women, but wanted many of them. In the process of him fulfilling his lustful needs he intentionally hurt people in the process.
He glorified lying and schemes. He married not for love but for power lust and sex. These were things valued by many people during the restoration period. Behn and Etherege are similar in the themes they touch on such as loyalty, betrayal, love, and honesty. Although the approach to these subjects are completely different, its evident that they share interests in these themes during the period of restoration.
This essay will delve into the life of Flannery O’Connor not only as it is told biographically but as her life relates and is reiterated in the stories she writes. By using O’Connor’s fiction as a backdrop to her life, the essay will focus on the bizarre characterization of the protagonists of O’Connor’s stories as much as O’Connor herself was a very unique person. Thus, O’Connor will be ...