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Brittany Jhu English 102 Bethany Wong [W 9:00-9:50] 31, January 2012 A Heaven Out of Hell When have you ever seen yourself through someone else’s eyes? Aphra Behn specifically titles the novel “Oroonoko” rather than “Caesar the royal slave.” Behn, the author and narrative, literally creates a mutual relationship with the character, Oroonoko, to reveal how the use of “the other” defines not only Oroonoko but herself. Firstly, the use of geography allows Behn to compare and contrasts Surinam with Coramantien, displaying how Oroonoko straddles two different cultures. The comparison to other cultures allows Behn to indicate Oroonoko’s traits, qualities, and status as different from her own. The second way Behn compares the good and evil power of Oroonoko versus his opponents is through the relationship she pursues with him that enables her to create a novel. Behn objectifies Oroonoko through the eyes of an artist analyzing an art work. In order to marginalize the groups that define Oroonoko as “the other”, Aphra Behn uses geography, to distinguish the divide of two separate cultures, and also uses human experience, by creating a relationship between the herself and Oroonoko, to emphasize the reality of objectifying good and evil. Oroonoko mediates between the two worlds of Surinam and Coramantien. Behn describes Surinam as a pure Eden that makes the reader view England as impure. The romanticized and idealized values of Surinam come alive as Behn compares the Surinam people to animals. Their naïve nature makes them innocent like animals in the garden of Eden before sin
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Dumbass during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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