Day 4

Oroonoko Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    How is Oroonoko's trust broken throughout the story?

    Strong answers will look for examples of betrayal throughout the story, and consider what his options are when he trusts others. They should consider how he may have felt betrayed by his own grandfather and by the captain who captures him, but then promises to let him go, and then sold him as a slave anyway. He is not completely trustworthy of the white colonists from then on, as even his friends, who say the lord governor will arrive and set them free, let him down when he never in fact arrives. They should discuss his trust of the narrator, and then reference the egregious case of Byam who agrees to let him go.

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