Theme of Imagination in the Fictional First Person Narrative of “Oroonoko”


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An Analysis of the Theme of Imagination in the Fictional First Person Narrative of "Oroonoko" by Aphra Behn
This paper will analyze Aphra Behn’s fictional first person narrative told in the imaginative story of the “noble savage” in Oroonoko. Behn narrates the imagined setting of Surinam to define certain wildlife as a means to accentuate the abundance of island life in the tropics. The narration of oxen, sheep, and other animals is a fictional because meat had to shipped in to Surinam during this historical period. Secondly, a single woman would not have typically been allowed to travel alone without a male guardian or husband. In these ways, Aphra Behn imagines some aspects of the narrative through her own first person descriptions of...
The end: her own personal first person narrative she invents sheep, oxen, and other wildlife as native species at Surinam, but in fact, animal herding was not present during this historical period. Also, Behn’s worldly travels were most likely fictional due to her not having a male guardian or husband in which to travel. Since it was highly unlikely patriarchal convention would allow a woman to travel alone, Behn creates this fictional narrative to give greater freedom to women. These are the key factors in the imaginative use of a fictional narrative to give an exotic and independent female view of colonial life through the lens of Oroonoko as the “noble savage” in the 17th century .
Behn. A. (2010). Oroonoko. New York: Create Space.