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Love In Aphra Behn’s Oroonko, And Voltaire’s Candide

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In Aphra Behn’s Oroonko, and Voltaire’s Candide, love is a subject of prominence; it serves as a starting point for both of these characters. For example, if Candide hadn’t fallen in love with his insatiable beauty, Cunegonde, he would not have been thrown from his home, castle Thunder-Ten-Tronckh, and sent on his dreadful journey across Europe. “The Baron of Thunder-Ten-Tronckh passed by the screen and, talking note of this cause and this effect, drove Candide out of the castle by kicking him vigorously in the backside (Voltaire 356). Throughout the entire story, Voltaire discusses Candide’s impalpable feelings for Cunegonde; he even commits twice to be with his fair maiden. Throughout ...view middle of the document...

As a result, Oroonko, attempted to run away with Imoinda, but his plans were foiled and the king, sent his soldiers to purse him. However, Oroonko refuses to give in saying, “Whoever ye are that have the boldness to attempt to approach this apartment thus rudely, know, that I, the Prince Oroonko, will revenge it with the certain Death of him that first enters: therefore stand back and now, this place is sacred to love and me this Night; to Morrow ‘tis the King’s” (Behn 215). When it comes to love both Voltaire’s Candid and Aphra Behn’s Oroonko, will commit themselves entirely, even if that means dying.
Betrayal is also a subject of prominence in Voltaire’s Candid and Aphra Behn’s Oroonko. In many ways betrayal rears its ugly head in these two stories, it will cause Candid, to murder and lose his fortune, which he retrieved in the “best of all worlds”, Eldorado. Betrayal, will cause Oroonko to lose his love Imondia, and to be tricked into slavery, it will eventually lead, Oroonko to commit a terrible crime against Imondia. Without betrayal neither of these stories, would have the essences it needed to move their characters forward, in relation to their journeys. Betrayal is a subject of prominence in Candid, because it creates a since of realism, and leaves room for Voltaire to raise important issues. For example, when Candid kills Cunegonde’s brother, he has betrayed both he and Cunegonde, it show’s Candide’s insanely quick impulse to kill. “Candide immediately drew his own sword and thrust it up to the hilt in the baron’s belly” (Voltaire 378). This was Candide’s reaction to the Baron of Thunder-Ten-Tronckh, when he only slapped Candide with his sword for refusing to give him and Cunegonde, his blessing to marry. In another...

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