"Oroonoko" refers to Afra Behn's introduction of the "noble savage" to English interest.
"You are 'the noble savage,'" said he, having concluded his inspection.
I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
"Wild he is, as the noble savage who ran in the woods," said Cousin Mivers.
It's nothing, Seorita: just a "noble savage" after a few centuries of civilisation.
Looking up, I told the noble savage—for I have the right to call him noble—all.
We should have mentioned, perhaps, that our noble savage was a magnificent leopard—or Cape “tiger.”
Only now the noble savage has been put into corduroy trousers.
But was not even the noble savage better than the pauper who now hangs on to the fringes of society?
It was not always so, when wild in woods the noble savage ran.
a primitive human as characterized in literature, representing natural goodness and simplicity when not encumbered by civilization
Someone who belongs to an “uncivilized” group or tribe and is considered to be, consequently, more worthy than people who live within civilization. Many writers and thinkers through the centuries of Western civilization have believed in the noble savage. The expression is particularly associated with Jean-Jacques Rousseau.