\u00a0Oroonoko Summary Oroonoko chronicles the story of the African prince Oroonoko and his beloved wife Imoinda, who are captured by\u00a0the British\u00a0and\u00a0delivered to\u00a0Surinam as slaves.\u00a0the story\u00a0is about\u00a0primarily\u00a0during this\u00a0locale on the northern coast of South America during the 1640s, just before\u00a0English\u00a0surrendered the colony to the Dutch. A young English woman, the nameless narrator, resides on Parham Plantation awaiting transportation back to England. She\u00a0is that the\u00a0daughter of the new deputy-governor, who unfortunately died during the family's voyage\u00a0to require\u00a0up his new post. During her wait, she has\u00a0the chance\u00a0to satisfy\u00a0and befriend prince Oroonoko and his lovely wife, Imoinda. Before introducing\u00a0the first\u00a0character, however, the narrator provides great detail about the colony\u00a0and therefore the\u00a0inhabitants, presenting first\u00a0an inventory\u00a0of multicolored birds, myriad insects, high-colored flora and exotic fauna,\u00a0then\u00a0an almost anthropological account of the natives with whom\u00a0British\u00a0trade and who seem to the narrator to be as innocent as Adam and Eve in "the\u00a0Delaware\u00a0of innocence, before man knew\u00a0the way to\u00a0sin."\u00a0British, she insists, live happily with the natives.\u00a0due to\u00a0their vast numbers, the colonists are unable to enslave them\u00a0then\u00a0must look elsewhere for slaves\u00a0to figure\u00a0on the sugar plantations--that is,\u00a0they appear\u00a0to Africa. After her overview of Surinam, the narrator switches the setting to Coramantien (today Ghana) on the\u00a0West Coast\u00a0of Africa, where the protagonist Oroonoko is\u00a0close to\u00a0meet Imoinda, the daughter of\u00a0the overall\u00a0who has just died saving Oroonoko's life. The king of Coramantien, who\u00a0is that the\u00a0100-year-old grandfather of Oroonoko, has also fallen\u00a0crazy\u00a0with the young\u00a0and delightful\u00a0girl and has beaten Oroonoko to the punch by sending her the royal veil,\u00a0a present\u00a0Imoinda cannot refuse, and which signifies that she is now the wife of the king.\u00a0she is going to\u00a0spend\u00a0the remainder\u00a0of her days locked within the ocean, or the royal seraglio, which only the king can visit. Oroonoko, however, breaks into the ocean with\u00a0the assistance\u00a0of his good friend Aboan, who keeps\u00a0one among\u00a0the king's senior wives named Onahal occupied with lovemaking. The king catches him, and Oroonoko flees. Although Imoinda is sold into slavery, the king later informs Oroonoko that she has been honorably put to death. Meanwhile,\u00a0the British\u00a0arrive in Coramantien to trade for the war captives whom Oroonoko sells as slaves. The captain invites the prince and his friends to board his vessel as his guest,\u00a0on the other hand\u00a0surprises them and takes them captive. Soon after he promises Oroonoko his freedom, when he and his friends refuse to eat, but he fails\u00a0to stay\u00a0this promise. Upon the ship's arrival at Surinam, Oroonoko is sold to the mild-mannered and witty overseer of Parham Plantation who befriends him, Mr. Trefry. At\u00a0now, Oroonoko meets the narrator. She and Trefry assure the prince that as soon\u00a0because the\u00a0lord-governor Willoughby arrives in Surinam he\u00a0is going to be\u00a0let loose. Because of his high\u00a0social station, superior education, and spectacular physical appearance, Oroonoko\u00a0isn't\u00a0sent\u00a0to figure. He resides\u00a0far away from\u00a0the opposite\u00a0slaves\u00a0within the\u00a0plantation house. While walking with Trefry\u00a0at some point, he sees Imoinda. The lovers fall happily into each other's arms\u00a0and everyone\u00a0but instantly marry. Soon Imoinda becomes pregnant. At\u00a0now\u00a0Oroonoko, who desperately desires that his child not\u00a0change state\u00a0a slave, becomes even more concerned about his enslaved status despite Trefry's\u00a0and therefore the\u00a0narrator's renewed promises\u00a0that each one\u00a0is going to be\u00a0well when the governor arrives. They\u00a0plan to\u00a0divert him with hunting, fishing, and\u00a0a visit\u00a0to a native village. Oroonoko\u00a0may be a\u00a0champion hunter who kills two tigers singlehandedly\u00a0additionally\u00a0to managing\u00a0to carry\u00a0onto a\u00a0fishing pole\u00a0even when\u00a0an electrical\u00a0eel knocks him unconscious. Although the native village provides distraction (and another means for Behn\u00a0to supply\u00a0cultural information about the natives\u00a0during this\u00a0region), Oroonoko incites a slave revolt with\u00a0the opposite\u00a0plantation slaves. They escape on Sunday night when the whites are drunk, but they leave a trail\u00a0that's\u00a0easy to follow because\u00a0they need\u00a0to burn\u00a0the comb\u00a0ahead\u00a0of them. The plan is to settle\u00a0a replacement\u00a0community near the shore and find a ship on which to return to Africa. Meanwhile, the narrator flees to safety, but later she gets a firsthand account of the events. Deputy-governor Byam negotiates with Oroonoko to surrender and promises him amnesty.\u00a0another time\u00a0he assures Oroonoko that he and his family\u00a0are going to be\u00a0freed and returned to Africa. Hardly surprising, however, Byam lies\u00a0another time\u00a0to Oroonoko and sees that\u00a0he's\u00a0whipped brutally, with pepper poured into his wounds, as soon as he surrenders. The despondent Oroonoko realizes he now will never be free\u00a0in which\u00a0his child\u00a0is going to be\u00a0born in captivity. He informs Imoinda that he has decided to kill her honorably, take revenge on Byam,\u00a0then\u00a0kill himself. She thanks her husband for allowing her to die with dignity, and he cuts her throat and removes her face\u00a0together with his\u00a0knife. But Oroonoko becomes prostrated with grief\u00a0and may\u00a0never generate enough energy\u00a0to travel\u00a0after Byam. Sinking ever deeper into depression, he waits for eight days next to the body of his dead wife until the stench brings Byam's men to\u00a0the location, where they immediately set about killing him. Finally, Oroonoko stands stoically smoking his pipe while they\u00a0cut off\u00a0his nose, ears, and one leg. Then he falls dead,\u00a0and that they\u00a0quarter his body before\u00a0removing\u00a0it. \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Oroonoko Analysis\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Oroonoko\u00a0is about\u00a0within the\u00a01600s, at a time when many countries, including Surinam, were under British colonial rule. Behn depicts how British imperialism, in tandem with the Atlantic\u00a0slave traffic, fundamentally changed life in Africa and certain parts of South America. Brave, intelligent Oroonoko\u00a0may be a\u00a0victim of imperialism, which is depicted as an evil, corrupting force. Aphra Behn depicts the natives of Surinam as innocent, good-natured people. She emphasizes\u00a0the very fact\u00a0that\u00a0they frequently\u00a0trade beads, bins, and needles to prove that the natives are creative,\u00a0and she or he\u00a0claims that the people of Surinam\u00a0haven't any\u00a0words meaning lies or deception. By praising so-called primitive cultures, Behn criticizes colonial regimes,\u00a0also\u00a0as Western European culture. Behn took the name Coromantien from a slave-trading station in Ghana. Though the country of Coromantien\u00a0may be a\u00a0fictional invention, it does\u00a0substitute\u00a0for several\u00a0coastal African countries that were targeted by slave traders\u00a0within the\u00a01600s. Analysis England England. The setting of the novel\u2019s present-time narration. In 1688 England was a nation in crisis. After issuing a series of unpopular laws and producing an heir to his Roman Catholic throne, King\u00a0James II\u00a0struggled to retain power. In December, he fled the country and was replaced by the Protestant prince William of Orange. Although\u00a0many of us\u00a0feared James, Behn remained fiercely loyal to him. Her novel, which chronicles the tragic destruction of a heroic prince, reflects the sorrow she felt during James\u2019s political struggles. Suriname Suriname. European colony on the northeastern coast of South America (now independent Suriname) to which the African prince Oroonoko is taken after\u00a0he's\u00a0enslaved in Africa. Behn probably visited Surinam during\u00a0the first\u00a01660s. By the time she wrote Oroonoko, the colony had been ceded to the Dutch, an\u00a0incontrovertible fact that\u00a0would have underscored for her contemporary readers her themes of futility and loss. Within the novel, Surinam\u00a0isn't\u00a0only an exotic land\u00a0crammed with\u00a0unusual wildlife, but also an Edenic paradise. Behn describes the colony\u2019s inhabitants, who live without shame or deception, as \u201cso like our first Parents before\u00a0the autumn\u00a0.\u201d They represent the \u201cfirst State of Innocence before Man knew\u00a0the way to\u00a0sin.\u201d In depicting Surinam as a prelapsarian world, Behn follows the satiric tradition of writers\u00a0like\u00a0Michel de Montaigne, who contrasted the primitive virtue of \u201csavages\u201d with the corruption of European society. By the time Behn wrote Oroonoko, Surinam was\u00a0not\u00a0a completely\u00a0primitive land. It had been colonized by\u00a0the British\u00a0and took part\u00a0within the\u00a0triangular trade of the seventeenth century that brought slaves from\u00a0West Africa\u00a0to the New World\u00a0to assist\u00a0produce the raw products sent to European markets. At\u00a0an equivalent\u00a0time that Surinam represents an unspoiled Eden, it also represents an abundance of natural resources. In contrast\u00a0to several\u00a0modern writers, Behn\u00a0doesn't\u00a0overtly criticize the institutions of colonization and slavery themselves.\u00a0English\u00a0colonists in her novel appear entitled to both the wealth of the land\u00a0and therefore the\u00a0labor of their slaves. Only near\u00a0the top\u00a0of the novel, when the otherwise peaceful local people threaten to attack their colonizers, does Behn acknowledge\u00a0the value\u00a0of imperialism. The colonists themselves, however,\u00a0aren't\u00a0innocents\u00a0within the\u00a0novel. Although the slaves\u00a0and lots of the settlers recognize Oroonoko\u2019s inherent nobility, the colonial government refuses\u00a0to revive\u00a0his freedom and threatens to enslave his unborn child.\u00a0during this\u00a0way, Surinam resembles seventeenth-century England. Like Behn\u2019s fictional Oroonoko, England\u2019s King\u00a0James II\u00a0faced a nation that sought to deny both his nobility\u00a0which\u00a0of his son.\u00a0the very fact\u00a0that Behn gave Oroonoko\u00a0an equivalent\u00a0nickname that King James had\u2014\u201cCaesar\u201d\u2014suggests further that she used Surinam as a representation of her own country.