Joost van den Vondel was a seventeenth-century Dutch poet and playwright, known for many works dealing with themes of Christianity. His play "Adam in Exile" was written in 1664 and might have been popular and performed often while Aphra Behn was living in Atwerp during her diplomatic mission in the 1660s. The play deals with themes about Adam and Eve and their banishment from the Garden of Eden. This theme is taken up by Behn in Oroonoko where she describes the residents of Surinam as "so like our first Parents before the Fall" (Behn 9). Additionally, like in the story of Genesis where Eve receives much of the blame for the sin of both her and Adam, in Oroonoko, Imoinda must suffer for the sin of both man and woman as she is sold into slavery by the king.