• Oroonoko, or, The royal slave.
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Oroonoko (Penguin Classics)


do not pretend, in giving you the history of this Royal Slave, toentertain my reader with adventures of a feigned hero, whose life andfortunes fancy may manage at the poet's pleasure; nor in relating thetruth, design to adorn it with any accidents but such as arrived inearnest to him: and it shall come simply into the world, recommendedby its own proper merits and natural intrigues; there being enough ofreality to support it, and to render it diverting, without theaddition of invention.

And here we see the problem with trying to read Oroonoko as a simple anti-slavery pact, namely that all the other slaves – the non-royal slaves, that is – are exactly what the pro-slavery faction so often argued: cowardly, weak and stupid; inferior.


Summary: Oroonoko (or the Royal Slave) by Aphra Behn