I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

by

Maryse Condé

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Deodatus Character Analysis

Deodatus is a sailor whom Tituba meets while on board the ship from New England back to Barbados. Deodatus remembers what happened to Tituba’s mother Abena, and the two form a connection based on their shared trauma and loss; in particular, Deodatus makes Tituba reflect on “this ability our people have of remembering.” Once Tituba arrives in Barbados, Deodatus remains a friend, introducing Tituba to Christopher and bringing her into the maroon colony.

Deodatus Quotes in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem quotes below are all either spoken by Deodatus or refer to Deodatus . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 2: Chapter 10 Quotes

Having someone recognize me after ten years of absence brought tears to my eyes. I had forgotten this ability our people have of remembering. Nothing escapes them! Everything is engraved in their memory!

Related Characters: Tituba (speaker), Deodatus
Page Number: 136
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Part 2: Chapter 12 Quotes

Maroons? 10 years earlier, when I had left Barbados, maroons were few and far between. There was merely talk of a certain Ti-Noel and his family, who held Farley Hill. Nobody had ever seen him. He had been living in everyone’s imagination for so long that he must have been an old man by now. Yet he was said to be young and bold and his exploits had become household legends.

Related Characters: Tituba (speaker), Ti-Noel , Deodatus
Page Number: 143
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Deodatus Character Timeline in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

The timeline below shows where the character Deodatus appears in I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Chapter 10
Slavery and Daily Life  Theme Icon
Archival History vs. Memory Theme Icon
...Tituba wonders what awaits her in Barbados, she bonds with an enslaved Black sailor named Deodatus. Deodatus knew of Abena, and Tituba is amazed by “this ability our people have of... (full context)
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Deodatus pushes Tituba to think about what she will do as a free woman while most... (full context)
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Many sailors, including Deodatus, develop a fever, and Tituba is able to heal almost all of them. But rather... (full context)
Part 2: Chapter 12
Slavery and Daily Life  Theme Icon
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...longer knows anyone on the island, and she is about to despair—until she runs into Deodatus and some of his female friends. The group invites her to go live with them... (full context)
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When Tituba asks what plantation Deodatus works on, he explains that he does not work on any plantation. Instead, he and... (full context)