The work repays any curiosity you may feel.
One potential motive for the novel, or at least one political inspiration, was Behn's view that Surinam was a fruitful and potentially wealthy settlement that needed only a true noble to lead it. To avenge his honor, Oroonoko vows to kill Byam.
Her fictional Surinam is a headless body.
Oroonoko has all the qualities of an English royal, but his ebony skin and country of origin prevent him from being a reputable European citizen.
While characters subjected to slavery, such as Oroonoko, are shown to be noble, respected, and admirable, the white colonizers are shown as being brutal, fearsome, and unforgiving.
This is the atmosphere for the writing of Oroonoko. Behn, who had hoped to recoup a significant amount of money from the book, was disappointed.
Oroonoko and Imoinda were constantly being separated once Imoinda gets sold into slavery.