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Jamoan Character Analysis

Jamoan is the leader of the opposing army that besieges Oroonoko’s troops. For most of the fight, the lovesick Oroonoko pines for the presumed death of Imoinda. When Oroonoko returns to his senses, however, he helps defeat Jamoan’s army, seriously wounds Jamoan, and then retains him as an attendant. They become good friends, and Jamoan helps cure Oroonoko of his melancholy over losing Imoinda.

Jamoan Quotes in Oroonoko

The Oroonoko quotes below are all either spoken by Jamoan or refer to Jamoan. 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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Jamoan Character Timeline in Oroonoko

The timeline below shows where the character Jamoan appears in Oroonoko. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Oroonoko in Coramantien
Freedom and Slavery Theme Icon
Honor Theme Icon
...He storms into battle and gravely wounds the leader of the opposition, a man named Jamoan, and wins the war. He later takes Jamoan as a slave. (full context)
2. Kidnapped
Love and Obedience Theme Icon
Honor Theme Icon
...to stay in his camp rather than return to court, the site of his grief. Jamoan, his French tutor, Aboan, and all his troops try to cheer Oroonoko up. In time,... (full context)
Freedom and Slavery Theme Icon
...and the Captain prepares the ship for a royal reception. Oroonoko, his French tutor, Aboan, Jamoan, and around 100 of the noblest male courtiers come aboard the ship that night. The... (full context)