Mr. Ronald Matthew Duquesne
English 2320: World Literature II
September 14, 2013 Oroonoko Much of the action that takes place throughout Oroonoko or the Royal Slave is based on acts of betrayal. From the initial act of betrayal which was when his grandfather, who is also the king steals Imoinda, when the slave ship tricks the prince and his friends, to the betrayal of Deputy- Governor Byam. The story is propelled forward by continual acts of betrayal. In the initial act of betrayal, Imoinda whom of which is the daughter of the general who died saving Oroonoko's life; and Oroonoko meet they fall deeply in love.
Unfortunately for Oroonoko and Imoinda, the king of Coramantien, whom of which is also the 100-year-old grandfather of Oroonoko, falls in love with the young and beautiful girl as well. The king betrays Oroonoko by sending Imoinda the royal veil, which is a gift she cannot refuse. The veil signifies that she is now the wife of the king and will go on to spend the rest of her days locked away in the otan, which only the king can visit. Oroonoko, however, breaks into the otan with the help of his good friend Aboan; they attempt to free Imoinda by distracting the king's senior wife Onahal. Sadly the king catches Oroonoko, but he flees the scene. Oroonoko is betrayed once again when his grandfather the king informs him that Imoinda been honorably put to death; when he has only sold her into slavery.
The second act of betrayal takes place when the British arrive in Coramantien to trade for the war captives whom Oroonoko sells as slaves. During this time, the captain invites Oroonoko and his men onto his ship as guest. Oroonoko and his men are caught off guard and surprised when the captain betrays them and holds them captive. When Oroonoko and his men refuse to eat, they are once again betrayed when the captain promises them their freedom if they eat. Failing to keep his promise, Oroonoko is sold to the overseer of Parham Plantation