Objective: Act 1 Oroonoko, A Tragedy, was not originally a play. It started off as a novella written by the author Aphra Behn and later was adapted for the stage by Thomas Southerne. This lesson will explore the history behind the play and discuss the two authors and their intent for the story.
1. Partner work: Research the history of the play, the novella, Thomas Southerne, the author of the play, and Aphra Behn, the author of the novella. In regards to the authors, study their life history as well as their intent for writing the play or novella Oroonoko.
2. Class Discussion: What is the history behind the play? When was it written and when was it staged? What reception did it receive? Why did Thomas Southerne create this play and why did he adapt it from Behn's novella? What was his goal for the play and did he...
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