Oroonoko | Study Guide

Aphra Behn

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Oroonoko Oroonoko is an African prince from the fictional country of Coramantien. He is sold into slavery in South America and executed after a failed rebellion. The narrator calls him Caesar, the name given to him by his slave masters in the second half of the book. Read More
Imoinda Imoinda is a young African woman of noble birth. She is sold into slavery in South America, where she is reunited with her husband Oroonoko; she later lets Oroonoko kill her and her unborn child to escape a life of slavery. Imoinda's slave masters give her the new name Clemene, but the narrator soon reverts to calling her by her African name. Read More
Narrator The narrator is a British woman living in Suriname. She gets to know Oroonoko and relays details of his life to the reader. Read More
Byam William Byam is the deputy governor in charge of the Suriname colony who reports to the absent Lord Willoughby. He encourages violence against the escaped slaves. Behn writes Byam as the villain of the narrative. Read More
The king The king is Oroonoko's grandfather and the ruler of Coramantien. He marries Imoinda and then sells her into slavery after she sleeps with Oroonoko. Read More
Trefry Trefry is the slave master who buys Oroonoko for his plantation. Trefry befriends Oroonoko and advocates for his fair treatment. Read More
Aboan Aboan is a young man in the Coramantien king's court. He is the love interest of the king's retired wife Onahal.
Banister Banister is an Irishman who oversees Oroonoko's execution.
Coramantien soldiers The soldiers make up Oroonoko's troops in the Coramantien army. They're loyal to Oroonoko as their leader.
The executioner The executioner cuts off Oroonoko's body parts when Oroonoko is publicly murdered.
The Frenchman The Frenchman is Oroonoko's tutor in Western educational topics, including language and mathematics. He travels to Suriname against his will but stays to make his fortune.
The general The general is Imoinda's father, a Coramantien soldier who sacrifices his life to save Oroonoko in battle.
Jamoan Jamoan is a fighter for a rival army in Coramantien. He becomes Oroonoko's slave and later his friend. He's sold to slavery in Suriname with Oroonoko.
Colonel Martin Colonel Martin is a white settler sympathetic to Oroonoko. He protests Oroonoko's execution at the novella's end.
Native South Americans The native South Americans occasionally interact with the white settlers. They live an innocent, peaceful life close to nature.
Onahal Onahal is one of the Coramantien king's retired wives. She uses her power in the court to reunite Oroonoko and Imoinda for one night and is sold into slavery with Imoinda.
Ship captain The ship captain trades with Oroonoko for slaves on the Coramantien coast. He betrays Oroonoko by trapping him on the slave ship and taking him to Suriname.
Tuscan Tuscan is a slave on the Suriname plantation. He is the only one to join Oroonoko and Imoinda to fight the English settlers. Later he shows his loyalty by attempting to save Oroonoko's life.
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