“Arms and the Woman: Narrative, Imperialism, and Virgilian Memoria in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.” Studies in the Novel 34.2 (2002), 121-140Martin.
“Oroonoko in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Race and Gender in Luise MüHlbach's Aphra Behn.” German Life and Letters 56.4 (2003): 313Hunter, Heidi, ed.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #2: An Analysis of Narration in Oroonoko Part of what makes Aphra Behn’s style so unique is her repeated insistence that everything she has written down has credibility and is valid.
She goes out of her way to convince the reader that what she’s saying is true and says that she knows the parties involved and was a witness to the events.
Behn presents a hero who proves that black men can be educated and noble (a new and novel concept for the 17th century, for sure) and she actively seeks to show the reader the way families are ripped apart because of it.
In addition, by presenting a story containing a classic case of romantic love, this too is destroyed because of the evils of slavery.
Below you will find three outstanding thesis statements / paper topics that can be used as essay starters.
All three incorporate at least one of the themes found in the text and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement.
For example, examining the theme of the “noble savage" would be pertinent in Othello and Titus Andronicus (both by Shakespeare, of course) and several interesting compare and contrast themes could be explored.
If you are working with Othello, not only is the “noble savage" topic worth exploring, but so is the theme of revenge **The following are sources that can be used to assist you in a research paper on Oroonoko.