Behn

 

1. Consider Trefry, as a character. Is he presented sympathetically? Using defining character traits from the story, defend your response.  Are we meant to like him at all?

2. What do you know about slavery in the antebellum United States, and how does it compare to slavery as discussed in “Oroonoko?”  Use examples from the text to support your comparisons.

3. Aphra Behn is a female writer publishing in 1688.  Explore this oddity using outside research.  Is her choice of topic indicative of her station and/or sex?   What effect does her sex have on our understanding of the piece, if any?