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about and praise Oroonoko for his greatness. In the closing lines of her story, Behn concedes that she, "by the reputation of her pen" has the authority to convey such a story. Behn not only acknowledges her authority of Oroonoko's story, but her own greatness as author as well. And by being overwhelmed by Oroonoko's life, Behn takes the privilege to inform us about who she and the others around her viewed as a Hero.